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.
Business Law News
The graduating class conferred the 2016 Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching on Professor Amy Bushaw.
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 Professor Jan Pierce receives Mentor of the Year Award from OSB New Tax Lawyer Committee.
Casey Wood, a 3L law student receives $1000 scholarship from Oregon State Bar.
LC’s Small Business Legal Clinic serves entrepreneurs who don’t have much money but need setting on the right path