Securities & Financial Law Certificate

There's no better place to study securities and financial regulation than Georgetown Law. Our campus is within walking distance of the SEC, the Federal Courts, and the Capitol. We are a short Metro ride to the other Federal regulatory agencies and the nation’s best law firms. Our faculty are experts in their fields and work at major firms or financial regulatory agencies.

The Certificate in Securities & Financial Law provides experienced lawyers with the opportunity to focus on securities and financial law, and it offers lawyers who are just starting their careers a window into this dynamic area of law. Students earn ten credits selected from the Securities & Financial Law curriculum. 

U.S.-trained lawyers can earn the certificate in conjunction with the International Business & Economic Law LL.M. degree, or on a standalone basis.

For foreign-trained lawyers, the Certificate in Securities & Financial Law allows students to have a concentration in this area of law, within either the General LL.M. or the International Business & Economic Law LL.M., and also gain exposure to U.S. law and/or business law more broadly.

For 2018 -2019, the following classes count toward the requirements for the Securities & Financial Law Certificate. Ten credits are required to earn the Certificate. Foreign-trained lawyers must take Securities Regulation as part of the 10 credits to earn the Certificate.  U.S.-educated students who have not yet taken Securities Regulation as part of their J.D. degree must take it prior to or simultaneously with their first Certificate classes, but it will not count toward the total of 10 credits needed for the Certificate.

Advanced Studies in Federal Securities Regulation
Basic Accounting for Lawyers
Beyond the IPO: Exempt Securities Offerings
Complex Securities Investigations
Consumer Finance
Corporate Finance
Cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offerings and the Law
Deals: The Economics of Structuring Transactions
Derivatives Market Regulation Under Dodd-Frank

Disclosure Under the Federal Securities Laws
Emerging Growth Companies and Venture Capital Financings
Emerging Legal & Regulatory Issues in International Oil & Gas and Energy Industries

Employee Benefits: Executive Compensation
Energy Trading & Market Regulation
The Essentials of Fintech Law
Federal Banking Regulation: Modern Financial Institutions and Change

Federal Regulation of Financial Institutions
Financial Products in a New Regulatory Environment
Financial Regulation and Financial Crises
Financial Reporting & Accounting
Fintech Law & Policy
Fraud & Fiduciary Duties Under the Federal Securities Laws
Global Derivatives Law & Regulatory Policy 
Global Securities Offerings
Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Other Private Funds
Implementation of Financial Market Reform Legislation
Initial Public Offerings
International Banking in the United States

Mergers and Acquisitions
Money Managers: Fiduciary Duties, Federal Agencies’ Regulation and Avoiding Fraud
Regulation of Derivatives
Rethinking Securities Regulations & the Role of the SEC
SEC Enforcement Process
SEC Regulation of Financial Institutions and the Role of the Securities Markets
Securities Arbitration & Mediation
Securities Law & the Internet
Securities Litigation
Securities Regulation
Takeovers, Mergers & Acquisitions
Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions
White Collar Crime & Securities Fraud