Employee Benefits Certificate
The certificate in Employee Benefits Law exposes students to three important areas within the field: Qualified Retirement Plans, Executive Compensation, and Health & Welfare Plans. During the spring semester, students will engage in a Practicum course designed to emulate real cases and transactions handled by attorneys in private practice.
The Certificate is open to both U.S. and foreign-trained lawyers, and can be completed together with the Tax LL.M. degree or on a stand-alone basis. The Certificate in Employee Benefits is not currently available to online students.
The Certificate in Employee Benefits Law requires the Completion of ten academic credits, consisting of the following four courses:
To learn more, please contact:
Ellis Duncan, Director of the Graduate Tax Program
Phone: (202) 662 - 4056
Email Address: Ellis Duncan
LL.M Course (cross-listed) | 4 credit hours
This course will focus on the practical application of ERISA principles as applied to qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation. Students will draft plan documents and summary plan descriptions; review employee communications; draft memos and responses to participant inquiries; conduct legal research; conduct due diligence with respect to employee benefits in corporate transactions; negotiate and draft the asset purchase provisions of corporate transactions; negotiate and draft vendor contract provisions; review Securities & Exchange filings with respect to employee benefit plan footnotes and executive compensation disclosures; review the principles of employee benefits in bankruptcy; review principles of labor law as it impacts employee benefits in collective bargaining; review the avoidance and management of ERISA litigation; consider the legal ethics with respect to representing various parties in an ERISA dispute; and other practical considerations in dealing with employees, government agencies, participants, insurance companies and other vendors and plan sponsors.
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: Federal Income Taxation (formerly Taxation I), Employee Benefits: Qualified Retirement Plans, Employee Benefits: Executive Compensation, Employee Benefits: Health & Welfare Plans
Mutually Excluded Courses: Survey of Employee Benefits Law
Note: Required for the Employee Benefits Certificate.This course is open to J.D. students by professor permission. Interested students should contact Ellis Duncan via email at email@example.com no later than August 1, 2017 for permission to take this class.