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
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.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic students argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and won
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.
Business Law Events
October 13th, 2015
A Conversation with The Honorable Steven W. Rhodes
The Honorable Steven W. Rhodes will discuss the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy case and the implications for Puerto Rico, Chicago, and cities on the brink of collapse.
October 22nd, 2015
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?
November 24th, 2015
2015 Distinguished Intellectual Property Visitor
We are pleased to announce The Honorable Denise L. Cote from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York as the 2015 Distinguished Intellectual Property Visitor.
February 5th, 2016
Sixth Annual IP In The Trees Workshop Series- Sarah Wasserman Rajec
Professor Sarah Wasserman Rajec joins us from William & Mary Law School. She will present her recent article to students, faculty, and local IP practitioners.
April 15th, 2016
Food Law Forum
The second annual Food Law Forum will feature informative panels addressing legal and policy issues involved in producing and providing the food we eat.