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
On March 6, 2015, three experts in Portland’s restaurant industry joined Lewis & Clark students to discuss trends, possibilities, and best practices in the dynamic food industry.
Lewis and Clark Law School is pleased to announce Gary Grenley ’75 as our 2015 Business Law Distinguished Graduate.
Lewis & Clark Law School hosted a visit by William (Bill) Griffin, Deputy Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on March 5, 2015. The visit was in conjunction with the Small Business Legal Clinic’s (SBLC’s) participation in the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program.
The American Law Institute announced the election of 26 new members this month. Lewis & Clark’s Lydia Loren, the Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics, is among them.
Lewis & Clark Law School hosted its inaugural Food Law conference on Friday, March 13, 2015. This conference presented the opportunity to integrate the Animal Law, Business Law, and Environmental Law Programs in one event.
Business Law Events
April 2nd, 2015
Professor Loren’s 2015 “The Business of Copyright” Lunchtime Series
Come hear about the practice of copyright 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 – a copyright 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 3rd, 2015
Legal Stumbling Blocks for Small Businesses
Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to learn about entity selection, intellectual property, tax issues and other legal challenges facing small business owners from interns with the Small Business Legal Clinic.
April 16th, 2015
20th Annual Business Law Spring Luncheon
Each year our Business Law Luncheon not only celebrates the accomplishments of our students and business law program, but allows us to thank the many members of the community who lend their talents to our curricular and extracurricular activities.