Corporate Practice (Cohort)
The Corporate Practice Certificate is available in a cohort format at Loyola’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Two courses are offered each 8-week session for a total of five sessions (about 14 months). One course in the final 8-week session is an elective and is optional. The total certificate requirement is 22 semester credits.
The Corporate Practice Certificate is designed to prepare students to work in areas of law that are important in the transaction of business, such as corporate maintenance, due diligence, contracts, commercial transactions, and regulatory compliance. Corporate students also take courses in legal research, legal ethics, basic litigation concepts, and two or more elective topics (e.g., real estate, securities regulation, employment law, intellectual property, immigration law).
Corporate paralegals assist attorneys who work for corporate clients; they may work in law firms or corporate law departments. They help document the organization and operation of business entities. They retrieve information to conduct due diligence procedures for commercial and real estate transactions. They help draft contract provisions and coordinate the administrative process for contracts. They help clients in regulated industries to demonstrate compliance with government regulations. They may also be known as project assistants, legal assistants, contract administrators, compliance coordinators, and document reviewers.