Pennsylvania State University

World Campus

Law: U.S. Business and Constitutional Law(Professional Certificate)

Program Information

Degree Offered:

Professional Certificate in U.S. Business and Constitutional Law

Format: Online

Program Description:

Penn State World Campus, in partnership with Penn State Law, offers the online Professional Certificate in U.S. Business and Constitutional Law.

This online program introduces common law legal analysis and fundamental elements of U.S. public and private law with emphasis on legal English language and communication skills. The program, designed primarily for internationally trained lawyers who are not native English speakers, consists of three courses that may be taken individually or in any combination.

To earn the professional certificate, you must successfully complete all three courses in:  

-Introduction to Common Law Analysis and Language
-U.S. Constitutional Law and Analysis
-Introduction to U.S. Business Associations and Commercial Law

In this program you can learn and practice common law analysis through interactive exercises. The first course, Introduction to Common Law Analysis and Language, provides an intensive introduction to the methods of common law legal analysis and understanding common law cases. The course focuses on building skills in reading and writing for effective legal communication. Law professors and linguists will provide you with extensive feedback and guidance, which can be especially helpful if you practice outside the U.S. and if English is a second language for you.

The other two courses address the foundations of U.S. public and private law. Specifically, the U.S. public law course explores the U.S. Constitution and federal powers. The U.S. business law course offers you an understanding of U.S. business entities and important aspects of U.S. commercial law.


Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $675 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+