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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.

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.

November 15, 2018: JD/MBA information session at Lewis & Clark Law School.


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.
  • Co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the Oregon State Bar, the Business Law Fall Forum, “The Procedure of IP,” will take place from 8:30am to 6pm on Friday, September 28 at the Lewis & Clark Law School campus.
  • Lewis & Clark Law Professor Robert Klonoff provided written testimony in a class action lawsuit involving Wells Fargo Bank. The case alleged that  Wells Fargo opened up various accounts (checking, savings, credit card, and lines of credit) without securing permission from its customers, causing harm to those customers. Professor Klonoff opined on the fairness of the $142 million classwide settlement in the case.
  • Ambyr O'Donnell, '01, Dean Jennifer Johnson, and Ambyr's son Ashton Vasquez.
    Dean Jennifer Johnson presented the Distinguished Business Law Graduate award to alum Ambyr O’Donnell ’01 at the 23rd annual Business Law Spring Luncheon.
  • Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce that the 2017-18 International Law Distinguished Visitor will be Mila Versteeg, Class of 1941 Research Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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