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Business Law

imageFrom 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

Business Law Events

March 5th, 2015

  • Image preview 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

  • Image preview 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.
  • Image preview 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

  • Image preview 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.

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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

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