Certificate Programs & Curricular Concentrations

Curricular Concentrations

The University of Wisconsin Law School faculty has established Curricular Concentrations in several areas of studies. These are not technically "Certificate Programs" but qualifying students are nevertheless given a document reflecting the curricular achievement. To meet the requirements, see each of the individual Concentration web-pages below.

Certificate Programs

There are many opportunities for interdisciplinary study at the University of Wisconsin. The UW Law School offers dual degree opportunities in conjunction with master's and doctoral programs on campus. In addition, the Law School offers four interdisciplinary certificate programs that provide an opportunity for concentrated study, but do not involve an additional degree:

  • Certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy
  • Certificate in Russian Area Studies

Faculty points-of-contact for the above are:

Certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy: Prof. Sarah Davis
Certificate in Russian Area Studies: Prof. Kathie Hendley

Certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy

To obtain a Certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy, a law student must complete a minimum of 12 credits including:

  1. Law 940 Introduction to Patient Advocacy or elective course in: law, regulations, ethics, health economics, policy, management or public health (min. 3 cr.)
  2. Law 768 Health Advocacy and Patient Centered Care Clinical (3-6 credits)
  3. Law 769 Consumer Issues in Healthcare: Models of Advocacy (2 credits)
  4. Capstone Project (1 credit)

More information and a list of qualifying courses is available from the Center for Patient Partnerships, which administers this certificate.

Application to the Certificate Program: Students wishing to pursue the certificate must apply to the Center for Patient Partnerships.

Certificates: The Law School will notify the university Registrar when a student completes the program, so that the student's transcript can be annotated.  Students will also receive a paper certificate from the Center.

Certificate in Russian Area Studies

Law Students may qualify for the Certificate in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies administered by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia by complying with the requirements established under that program. Law students, with the written consent of the Law School, may take up to 10 credits in non-law courses for credit toward their law degree in connection with seeking a certificate in Russian Area Studies provided:

  1. the courses are part of the Certificate in Russian Area Studies program;
  2. the courses are approved by the Law School as reasonably related to the legal education of a student; and
  3. no other non-law school credits will count as credits for the JD degree (see rule 3.08).

Campus-wide Certificate Programs

Graduate students in degree programs (including Law students) from any school on campus are invited to consider the following Certificates. (Note: Eligible Law courses for each of the following are listed at the "Required Coursework" tab of each associated page):

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Provide entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to graduate students. Especially relevant for students who hope to work with or become entrepreneurs at graduation or in the future or participate in policies of entrepreneurship. Learn more.

Certificate in Strategic Innovation

Provide knowledge and skills regarding innovation for students who plan to work in existing organizations at graduation or participate in policy issues related to innovation. Learn more.

Certificate in Business, Environment & Social Responsibility (BESR)

Provide students knowledge and skills to analyze and leverage the interrelations between business and its natural and social environment. Learn more.

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