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.
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.
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.
Business Law Events
September 28th, 2018
23rd Annual Business Law Fall Forum “The Procedure of IP”
This forum will explore the various ways in which the laws of Civil Procedure and Intellectual Property intersect. Among other things, speakers will cover preclusion in the context of administrative proceedings, the territorial scope of IP claims and remedies generally, equitable estoppel within copyright cases, jury instructions in copyright cases, and the standards for infringement and burdens of proof in copyright cases.