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.
CBLI hosted its first Xperiential Workshop with presentations from Intel and NW Natural executives.
The American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) Jan Jancin Selection Committee named Jie Lian ’20 to receive the prestigious Jan Jancin Award for his passion for learning, leadership in intellectual property (IP) related activities, professionalism, and commitment to IP law.
John MacMorris-Adix, a 3L Low Income Tax Clinic intern, made an oral argument on an issue of first impression in the U.S. District Court in a case which has garnered national attention.
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.
Business Law Events
January 31st, 2020
2020 Data Privacy Forum
Join Lewis & Clark Law School at the 1st Annual Data Privacy Law Conference. Connect with attorneys, privacy professionals, and students interested in this area of law.
February 19th, 2020
The Exchange: The Center for Business Law & Innovation Speakers Series – Paul Ehrlich, GC Adidas
Paul Ehrlich, General Counsel – Global Brands and Americas at Adidas, will speak about life as GC at a multinational corporation. Lunch provided. There will also be a raffle of Adidas gear, and select attendees will win a pass to the Adidas employees store.
March 6th, 2020
Importing and Exporting Amid a Trade War: Tariffs, Export Controls, and Sanctions
An all-star group of trade compliance specialists will explore the impacts of the recent tariff hikes and strategies to mitigate them