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 business, intellectual 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Lewis & Clark Law School’s 2017-18 employment statistics show 89.89% of 2018 graduates as currently employed, with a near-term start date, or pursuing LLM degrees or further graduate education, making Lewis & Clark one of the top law schools in the Pacific Northwest for employment outcomes.
Professor Lisa Benjamin, the newest faculty member of Lewis & Clark Law School has been appointed as a member of the Compliance Committee of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).