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 Business Law Programs celebrate a successful 19th Annual Fall Forum
Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) has received a $25,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to support its work of providing business transactional legal assistance to low income small business owners in and around the Portland Metro Area.
Professor Parikh served on a panel at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
Professor Anna Laakmann traveled to UC Irvine School of Law to join a panel of national scholars who discussed the importance of the Myriad decision, and what it means for science, for industry, and for the patent system.
Bogdanski says that his fall semester courses, Income Tax and Estate & Gift Tax, are the best part of his professional life these days. “These classes are building blocks for great careers.”
Business Law Events
February 25th, 2015
Alternative Careers with Lawyers
Using your law degree for the changing legal and business worlds.
March 6th, 2015
Fifth Annual IP In The Trees Workshop Series- Aaron Perzanowski
Professor Perzanowski’s paper expands on his recent work concerning copyright exhaustion, examining the future of consumer ownership of both intangible and tangible products.
March 13th, 2015
Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum
Our first Food Forum with over 15 guest speakers covering the topics: The Future of Food, The Farm Bill and Reforms from a National Lens: Building Sustainable Regional Foodsheds: Agriculture, Human Health and the Environment: Animals in Agriculture-Legal Challenges and Opportunities: Food Justice and Security.
April 3rd, 2015
Fifth Annual IP In The Trees Workshop Series- Glynn Lunney
Glynn Lunney joins us from Tulane University School of Law. He has a diverse background that includes expertise in intellectual property, engineering and economics. He specializes in patent, copyright and trademark law, unfair competition and contracts.
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.