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Corporate Law Certificate

Career Certificate in
Corporate Law

A Career Certificate in Corporate Law is an ideal path for paralegals to expand their skills. Our nationally accredited course provides you with a solid grasp of a variety of corporate law topics that include actual practices, terminology and key corporate law concepts.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 3 Months

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Payments as Low as
$34 Per Month

  What You'll Learn

A vital component of paralegal studies, the Corporate Law course offers 14 stimulating lessons that teach you real-world skills. Lesson topics include general partnerships, corporate formation and investor protection. You’ll also study...

  • International law
  • Immigration law
  • World trade law
  • Franchises

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Orientation to Online Learning (online)

This lesson introduces you to online learning, with instruction on how to be successful as an Ashworth student. You’ll learn proven study skills, find out how to take advantage of different learning styles, and discover time management techniques. The lesson also includes a guide to career opportunities plus supplementary readings.

Lesson 1: Agency  

In this lesson you will learn about the fiduciary relationships formed by mutual agreement between the principal and an agent. You will explore who can initiate an agency relationship, how express and implied agencies are created, and how an agency is terminated.

Lesson 2: Liability of Principals, Agents, and Independent Contractors  

The purpose of this lesson is to explain the liability of principals, agents, and independent contractors to each other and to third parties. You will learn about the duties owed by an agent to a principal and also how independent contractor status is created.

Lesson 3: Entrepreneurships and Sole Proprietorships  

This lesson introduces you to the law of business entity choices starting with sole proprietorship, the most widely used form of business entity. You will learn the advantages and disadvantages of a sole proprietorship, the creation and termination of a sole proprietorship, and the personal liability of sole proprietors.

Lesson 4: General Partnerships  

In this lesson you will learn about general partnerships, how they are formed, and the rights and duties of general partners. You will also learn about the liabilities of general partners and how a partnership is dissolved.

Lesson 5: Limited Partnerships  

Limited partnerships have two types of partners, general and limited. This lesson discusses the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, the formation of a limited partnership, the liability of general and limited partners, LLPs, and the dissolution of a limited partnership.

Lesson 6: Limited Liability Companies  

In this lesson you will explore the limited liability company (LLC) and how it is formed, managed, and taxed. You will also learn how an LLC is dissolved.

Lesson 7: Corporate Formation and Financing  

The purpose of this lesson is to examine the corporation, its major characteristics and the incorporation process. You will also learn about financing the corporation, including common and preferred stock, the powers of a corporation, and dissolution.

Lesson 8: Franchises and Special Forms of Businesses  

In this lesson you will learn about types of franchises, state disclosure laws, the FTC’s Franchise Rule, and the liability of franchisor and franchisee. Licensing, joint ventures, and strategic alliances also are examined.

Lesson 9: Corporate Governance and The Sarbanes-oxley Act  

This lesson focuses on the role of the corporation’s shareholders, board of directors, and corporate officers in governing the corporation’s affairs. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is discussed, along with the liability of directors and officers.

Lesson 10: Corporate Acquisitions and Multinational Corporations  

In this lesson you will learn about proxy solicitations, including proxy contests and shareholder resolutions. You will also learn about mergers and acquisitions and tender offers, including discussions about poison pills and white knight mergers.

Lesson 11: Investor Protection and Online Securities Transactions  

The focus of this lesson is investor protection in the securities markets. Included are discussions about the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that adopts rules and investigates violations, the Securities Act of 1933 that regulates the issuance of securities, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that prohibits the use of manipulative devices and fraud, including insider trading.

Lesson 12: Employment, Worker Protection, and Immigration Laws  

In this lesson you will learn about major legislative enactments that have impacted the employer/employee relationship. Discussed are the employment-at-will doctrine, workers’ compensation, occupational safety, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, COBRA, ERISA, IRCA, and government programs such as unemployment compensation and Social Security.

Lesson 13: Equal Opportunity in Employment  

In this lesson you will learn about discrimination and equal opportunity in employment, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, affirmative action plans, and state and local government antidiscrimination laws.

Lesson 14: International and World Trade Law  

This lesson examines the Foreign Commerce Clause, sources of international law, the United Nations, regional international organizations whose purpose is to promote peace and development, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Also examined is judicial procedure in international law.

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  What You Get

Complete your Corporate Law Certificate course online on your terms. Start when you’re ready, study at your own pace and get personal guidance as you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!

Our Corporate Law course combines a balance of important theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive textbook and study guides
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Career search and time management guides
  • Participation in the Student Community
  • Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®

Graduates receive a Corporate Law career certificate and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your certificate proves that you have the specialized skills to succeed in the paralegal field, and paves the way for career advancement.

  • Corporate Law Training Books


  • Corporate Law Training Diploma


  • Graduation Video


We’ve cleared the way for you to start your corporate law course today! Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.