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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 innovative and comprehensive programs in business and commercial law.

The Study of Business Law

Our programs allow 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 cyberspace 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.

Curriculum & Certificates

For those who wish to specialize, we offer designated certificates in businessintellectual property, and federal tax law. In cooperation with our environmental and natural resources law program, we also offer a certificate in energy, innovation, and sustainability. 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. We also offer a joint JD/MBA degree with Portland State University.

Student Involvement 

Student Involvement is crucial for the development of practical skills outside of the classroom, and with over 40 student-run groups to choose from, we offer immersion into each student’s chosen area of study. 

Careers & Advice

We are here to help you carve your own path in business law, from determining whether and how you will specialize, to establishing yourself after graduation. 


Business Law News

  • Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy Jeffrey D. Jones was honored with the 2018 Leo Levenson Teacher of the year Award at commencement on Saturday, May 19. Jones earned a PhD in philosophy from University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed postdoctoral studies at Boston University’s School of Law and BU’s then Institute on Race and Social Division. He received his JD at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
  • The American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) Jan Jancin Selection Committee named Jie Lian ’20 to receive the prestigious  Jan Jancin Award  for his passion for learning, leadership in intellectual property (IP) related activities, professionalism, and commitment to IP law. 
  • An artist's rendering of John MacMorris-Adix making oral arguments before the US District Court J...
    John MacMorris-Adix, a 3L Low Income Tax Clinic intern, made an oral argument on an issue of first impression in the U.S. District Court in a case which has garnered national attention.
  • Professor Sarah Lora

    Sarah Lora, a new clinical professor for the law school, will lead the Lewis & Clark Law School Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) starting in June 2019, replacing beloved faculty member Jan Pierce, who is retiring after 19 years of clinic leadership.

  • Professor Doug Newell, Dean Jennifer Johnson and Rex Malott
    Over 100 gathered at the Benson Hotel on March 15, for the 2019 Business Law Spring Luncheon to celebrate the attorneys, donors, faculty and students who make Business Law one of the premier programs at the law school. 
    Alum Rex Malott BS ’73, JD ’76 was honored as the 2019 Distinguished Business Law Graduate.  He spoke about the importance of business lawyers as key “problem solvers” for organizations and their leaders.

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