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 Small Business Legal Clinic held their Annual Open House on February 4, 2015. The evening provided an opportunity to honor small businesses of Oregon and to celebrate the Small Business Legal Clinic and the many people who make the SBLC’s accomplishments possible.
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 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
Business Law Events
March 5th, 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?
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Visit
Bill Griffin of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) will be available to meet with students in an informal setting, to discuss practice and job opportunities with the USPTO.
March 6th, 2015
Building a Restaurant Empire in Law and Business
Please join Lewis & Clark Law School alumni Riley Lagesen and Laura Warf and renowned local restaurateur Kurt Huffman of ChefStable in an intriguing lunch session on what it takes to build a successful legal or business empire in the restaurant industry.
Fifth Annual IP In The Trees Workshop Series- Aaron Perzanowski
Professor Aaron Perzanowski will workshop his paper The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy. He joins us from Case Western Reserve School of Law, where he specializes in intellectual property and telecommunications law.
March 13th, 2015
Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum
Eat, Pray, Law: A Food Forum will explore a broad spectrum of food law and policy topics from the farm to the fork. Issues range from labeling and transparency to sustainability, urban agriculture, and food justice.