Legal Specialist Certification

Black Duck Legal Specialist Certification Course

Provided free to those applicants accepted, compliments of Black Duck

Next Session

Our next session will be Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT. If you would like to register, please complete the following contact form

Why Attain Certification

The course enables you to bring more value to your M&A clients.

Black Duck's M&A Audit business continues substantial growth from year to year despite some fluctuation in market deal volume. The open source question is now asked in the great majority of transactions involving software assets and audits are becoming almost the norm. As market leader in M&A audits (as well as internal governance solutions) over 1,000 companies rely on Black Duck products and services to analyze their code and identify unapproved open source or other software policy violations. While Black Duck analysis helps establish the facts related to software licensing and compliance, our customers need legal assistance to guide their policy and remediation decisions. The Black Duck Legal Specialist Certification identifies an elite group of legal professionals who can effectively partner with Black Duck's rapidly growing assessment team to provide these services. You will leave with the knowledge and skills to bring more value to your clients and a relationship with Black Duck designed to secure preferential treatment for them.

While the course is geared towards firms advising clients in the context of M&A due diligence, we've had a number of in-house counsel participate and find it valuable as well.

Practical Skills for Your Open Source Legal Practice

The certification program is based on a two-hour live web training course. In this course you'll gain skills to assist client companies in efficiently and effectively navigating and interpreting the output of a Black Duck analysis. After becoming certified, you will thoroughly understand:

  • The importance of analyzing code and how to relate that to clients
  • When organizations need to analyze their code
  • How Black Duck analyzes code
  • Where code analysis ends and legal counsel takes over
  • Tips and tricks in reading Black Duck analysis reports
  • How to ensure smooth discussions with acquirers and targets
  • Remediation options when an issue is discovered
  • How to use Black Duck analysis in M&A negotiations

Additionally, the course will allow you to interact with a Black Duck subject matter expert and fellow legal professionals who also work with Black Duck. For those attendees from legal firms, you have the opportunity to have your name and your firm added to the list of certified legal professionals on the Black Duck website so that companies can find you when they need assistance. And, importantly, we will provide outside counsel with a unique Black Duck Legal Specialist Code that you can pass on to clients to secure them preferential treatment from Black Duck.

Please note: In-house counsel will not be added to the list on our website to maintain confidentiality of any current or potential corporate M&A transactions.


The course is aimed at IP attorneys, but we welcome M&A lawyers as well. A number of in-house counsel have participated in the past and found it valuable. Participants must hold a J.D. and be in good standing with a state bar association. Before attending the certification training you should have familiarity with open source licensing.

You can fulfill this requirement by viewing pre-recorded training videos from the Black Duck Legal Webinar Series. We recommend the following webinars in particular:


This course is provided free of charge to those applicants that are accepted, based on prerequisite qualifications.

To Apply

Our next session will be Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT. If you would like to register, please complete the following contact form.

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