From start-up to merger, idea to initial public offering, acquisition to sale, legal issues punctuate the life of a business. A business simply cannot function without the direction and confidence supplied by the laws that regulate business and commerce. Lewis & Clark recognizes the importance of this field of study and provides an innovative and comprehensive program in business and commercial law.
The Study of Business Law
Our program allows students to focus on individual interests, as well as explore a full array of topics. The rich and varied curriculum includes not only traditional subject areas, such as business associations, income tax, and commercial law, but also newer ones, such as cyberlaw and telecommunications law, that challenge us to adapt legal rules to fast-changing technologies.
We offer a wide array of electives which encourage students to mix practice and theory. Importantly, our offerings also include a full selection of practical skills opportunities and transactional courses that simulate the types of transactions business lawyers encounter in their practices.
We offer certificates in general business law, intellectual property law, and federal tax law. Certificates are intended to recognize students for their achievements and to inform prospective employers that these students have completed a rigorous course of study in the subject area.
and Entrepreneurship Center
The Business Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School offers students a wide range of practical skills opportunities beyond the classroom.
Business Law News
Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that Anna Glazer, attorney at Stoel Rives LLP will teach a new course on Food Law & Policy in spring semester 2016
NYT publishes Anna Laakmann’s opinion on data sharing of genomic information
The 2015 forum was held on September 11, and attracted a record attendance of nearly 140 Lewis & Clark students, professors, and practitioners.
Scholarships help Lewis & Clark students realize their dreams of obtaining a legal education, even in today’s uncertain economy.
Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) has received a $35,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support its work of providing business transactional legal assistance to low income small business owners in and around the Portland Metro Area.
Business Law Events
March 4th, 2016
2016 Lewis & Clark International Law Symposium- Managing Corruption Risks in International Business: Perspectives from the U.S. and Abroad
This symposium brings together a diverse set of speakers to offer insights on recent developments in managing corruption risks in International Business. They will also offer practical advice on how to meet compliance requirements in the face of foreign challenges and how to design and implement an effective compliance regime.
March 14th, 2016
‘IP in the Trees’ Workshop Series- Professor Christopher Newman
Professor Newman joins us from George Mason University School of Law. He will workshop his paper, ‘Letting Nature Run Its Course: How (And Why) To Resuscitate Fair Use’s Moribund Second Factor.’
March 17th, 2016
Professor Loren’s 2015 “The Business of Copyright” Lunchtime Series
Come hear about the practice of intellectual-property and entertainment law in a variety of contexts. From a movie company to a non-profit focused on facilitating licensing of content, from a solo practitioner to Fortune 100 company – an IP lawyer’s practice can be many things. Join us for an interesting conversation with these highly accomplished lawyers - how did they get to where they are today and what do they do in their practice?
April 11th, 2016
‘IP in the Trees’ Workshop Series: Professor Glynn S. Lunney, Jr.
Professor Glynn S. Lunney, Jr. joins us from Texas A&M School of Law.
April 15th, 2016
Food Fusion: Law’s Sustaining Role in Food
From urban ag to business advice, the second annual Food Law Forum will feature informative panels of local experts addressing legal and policy issues involved in producing and providing the food we eat. The interactive sessions will include topics ranging from: urban farming to land use, food startups, micro-entrepreneurship, alcohol distribution, licensing, and labeling. The forum is designed for law students, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and other professionals currently working, or interested in, in the food and agriculture industries. The forum is made possible through a collaboration of the Business Law Programs and the student Food and Wine Law Society.