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Business Law

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.

Certificate Programs

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.

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The Business Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School offers students a wide range of practical skills opportunities beyond the classroom.

Business Law News

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    Low Income Taxpayer Clinic students argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and won
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    On Monday, May 4, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument in Barbara Knudsen v. CIR, a case concerning statutory interpretation of the Tax Code.   Making the argument before the court was Lewis & Clark Law student Ashley McDonald. 

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    The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) sponsors the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions to encourage law students interested in the areas of law that affect food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices, and tobacco. Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.
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    The Business Law Program celebrates students, faculty, and community partners at the 20th Annual Business Law Spring Luncheon.
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    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.

Business Law Events

September 11th, 2015

October 2nd, 2015

  • Image preview Sixth Annual IP In The Trees Workshop Series- Robert Brauneis
    Professor Robert Brauneis joins us from The George Washington University Law School. He will present a draft of a paper entitled “The Copyright Office Catalog: What Fifteen Million Registration Records Can Tell Us About Creative Production in the United States, 1978-2012.

October 8th, 2015

  • Image preview 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?

February 5th, 2016

Business Law

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    Business Law is located in Legal Research Center on the Law Campus.


    voice 503-768-6639 fax 503-768-6671

    Coordinator of Business Law Programs
    Kari Baxter
    Assistant Dean & Director Steve Goebel

    Business Law

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