Frame the Policy of the Future with an Executive Certificate in Law and Policy
Are you passionate about enacting change through policymaking? Are you interested in working in the field of law and policy without attending law school? If so, an Executive Certificate in Law and Policy from Liberty University can help set you up for success.
Our 100% online Executive Certificate in Law and Policy can equip you with a working knowledge of the law and its relationship to the development, implementation, and execution of sound public policy in various settings. If you are interested in government work, you may be able to pursue employment at the federal, state, or local level. Alternatively, you may seek a career at institutions of higher learning, policy research institutions, or policy advocacy groups. These are only a few examples of the exciting settings where you may launch your career.
The importance of sound practice in policymaking cannot be overstated. Public policy affects every vocation, and a deep understanding of how law and public policy interact is valuable in a variety of professions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Equip yourself for success with an Executive Certificate in Law and Policy from Liberty University.
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Potential Career Opportunities with an Executive Certificate in Law and Policy
Our Executive Certificate in Law and Policy can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited law and policy certificate:
- Elected official
- Legislative aide
- Legislative director
- Political consultant
- Political scientist
- Public policy analyst
- Research fellow
The skills you gain in policymaking can help you in your current role at your organization or help prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility. Because some occupations may require that you have a doctorate, Liberty created Executive Certificates that can seamlessly transfer into one of our corresponding postgraduate or doctoral programs. You can potentially transfer all 21 credits from this certificate into our Doctor of Law and Policy (DLP) program. Take the next step toward your personal and professional goals with an Executive Certificate from Liberty University.
Military Tuition Discount
If you have served in the military, we want to go above and beyond to show you our gratitude. That’s why we designed our 21-credit-hour certificates to work especially well for you. Earning an Executive Certificate makes you eligible for our military alumni doctoral discount — you’ll receive the discounted $300/credit hour military rate both during the certificate and later during a doctoral degree.* Many of our certificates roll directly into a corresponding doctoral degree, allowing you to get a jumpstart on your doctorate!
If your plans to earn a doctoral degree lie further in the future, each certificate also stands on its own as a professional development credential, setting you apart from your peers and giving you the flexibility to start a doctoral degree whenever you’re ready. It’s one more way we show our appreciation.
*In order to retain the $300/credit hour rate, the doctoral degree must be started within 2 years of completing the Executive Certificate.
Why Choose Liberty’s Executive Certificate in Law and Policy?
Liberty University’s Executive Certificate in Law and Policy gives you the opportunity to continue your higher education journey at the doctoral level without committing to a full doctoral degree program. Our 100% online format allows you to take courses while maintaining your commitment to your normal responsibilities.
The Executive Certificate in Law and Policy is designed to create Christ-centered statesmen and stateswomen in the public policy arena whose knowledge of and commitment to the law, properly understood from a biblical worldview, informs their policymaking decisions and motivates their service to their communities, the nation, and the world.
If you want to continue into a full doctoral program, all 21 credit hours of the Executive Certificate in Law and Policy can potentially transfer into our Doctor of Law and Policy (DLP). This can help you finish the DLP that much faster.
What Will You Learn in Our Online Executive Certificate in Law and Policy?
The Executive Certificate in Law and Policy is uniquely designed for those who are seeking a foundation of legal education and looking to become policy experts in their preferred discipline. If you are an experienced public policy practitioner and you want to better understand public policy and the law for the purposes of establishing your expertise in the workplace, this certificate program may be the right fit for you.
Courses under this Executive Certificate are taught by faculty with terminal degrees in the discipline of law, public policy, or a related field – and many of them bring practical experience in applying the instruction given in the program to real-world law and policy challenges at all levels of government and in all vocations.
Our Executive Certificate classes explore various aspects of public policy through the American legal system. Topics covered include the role of the Constitution and constitutional jurisprudence as well as the origins, assumptions, and limits of the application of economic theory to law. Additionally, you’ll learn about the historical and legal origins of administrative law and the administrative state, origins and influence of the idea of human rights, and an introduction to select Supreme Court jurisprudence and foundational ideas.
- LPCY 700 – Foundations of the American Legal Process and Public Policy
- LPCY 702 – Constitutional Law and Public Policy
- LPCY 704 – Law, Economics, and Public Policy
- LPCY 800 – Administrative Law and Public Policy
- LPCY 802 – Human Rights Law and Public Policy
- LPCY 804 – Law and Policy: Research, Writing, and Analysis
- LPCY 806 – Public Policy Lawyering Skills
Highlights of the Executive Certificate in Law and Policy
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Executive Certificate from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
- This certificate can help you pursue a career in government or in a nonprofit agency, research organization, or consulting firm.
- You can complete this program in as little as 1.5 years!
Executive Certificate in Law and Policy Information
- This program falls under the Helms School of Government.
- Download and review the Certificate Completion Plan.
- View the Graduate Government Course Guides (login required).
Military Benefits for Our Online Executive Certificate in Law and Policy
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts – $300 per credit hour for postgraduate courses
- Roll these credits into the corresponding doctoral degree
- 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
Please note: The $300/credit hour doctoral military rate cannot be combined with the First Responder Discount.
Admission Requirements for Our Executive Certificate in Law and Policy
A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 2.8 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts
- Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.