About 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 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
Professor Jack Bogdanski’s article, Courts Finally Warm to “Tax Affecting,”was published in the May 2020 issue of Estate Planning. The article explores the effects of two recent case opinions which allow “tax affecting” in valuing ownership interests in S corporations and partnerships.
Lewis & Clark’s Center for Business Law and Innovation and the International Law Program hosted a conference titled Importing and Exporting Amid a Trade War: Tariffs, Export Control, and Sanctions. The event was held at the Lewis & Clark Law Campus on March 6, 2020, and a reception followed.
CBLI hosted its first Xperiential Workshop with presentations from Intel and NW Natural executives.
On March 6, 2020, Lewis & Clark’s International Law Program and Center for Business Law & Innovation (CBLI) hosted a conference on Importing and Exporting Amid a Trade War: Tariffs, Export Control, and Sanctions
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.