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Upcoming Events

Business Law Career Session - Oct. 9, 2014
Students will learn about the realities of business law practice from panelists representing diverse backgrounds. Last year, panelists included Professor Jorge Contreras, Washington College of Law; Jan Singelmann, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Nefretete Smith, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Externship Fair - Oct. 15, 2014
Second and third year students will have an opportunity to network with law firms and government agencies in the fields of business, finance, and tax law. Many of the Fair Representatives are WCL alumni who have hired WCL students as externs, interns, and attorneys.

Choosing Business Law Courses with Jobs in Mind - Oct. 23, 2014
Students will hear professors and upper-level students outline the numerous business law opportunities at WCL, from classes and clinics, to publications and organizations, to programs and events, with a focus on job and career prospects.

Business Law Program

The Business Law Program has continued to thrive across a wide spectrum of business law courses and programming, including headline events featuring the chairman of the SEC in a speech that was prominently covered in the national press as well as a private lunch for students, faculty, and alumni with David Rubenstein,who spoke of his work as a lawyer, investor, and philanthropist. The year has seen a burgeoning of interest and opportunity in transactional law as the American University Business Law Review sponsored a symposium on the subject, garnering national participation and attention, and the Transactional Law Society, founded just last year, began to participate in competitions, even piloting its own sponsored competition. Curricular and extracurricular offerings in international business continue to grow as the WCL Center on International Commercial Arbitration expands its programs and as a variety of student organizations reach further into international fields. The highly regarded scholarly workshop presentations continue throughout the year, and the Business Law Program is is also offering increased opportunities for career development, networking, and student meetings with successful alumni.

Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Comission (SEC),
Elisse B. Walter, gave a special presentation
at American University Washington College of Law.
View the Webcast.

From left: Seth Grae '88, Dean Claudio Grossman,
Robert Pence '71, David Rubenstein, and Kenneth Lore '73.

SEC Chairman Elisse B. Walter: Harnessing Tomorrow’s Technology for Today’s Markets
February 19, 2013

Elisse B. Walter, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission at the time, gave a special presentation to announce technological solutions to protect investors by enabling more powerful regulatory monitoring and swifter enforcement action.  Her presentation provided a unique understanding of today’s complex markets. In addition to announcing the initiatives, Chairman Walter provided the audience with an understanding of current technology and modern market trading practices, explaining how the SEC’s embrace of cutting-edge technology would upgrade its oversight.

David Rubenstein, CEO of the Carlyle Group, Speaks at WCL
April 8, 2013

The Business Law Program welcomed David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, for a lunchtime presentation, preceded by a reception with WCL students, faculty, and administration. Mr. Rubenstein explained the role of private equity firms in the economy and how he moved from the practice of law and work in the government into the realm of business and finance. He also spoke about his commitment to public philanthropy, including his contribution to the restoration of the Washington Monument.  

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Team

WCL students Greg Reed, Alex Haney, Kyle Bates, and Matthew Peterson placed
2nd in the 2013 Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Competition.

Centers, Programs & Societies

Business Law Review
Business Law Society
Center on International Commercial Arbitration
International Legal Studies Program
International Trade & Investment Law Society
IP Brief  
IP Society
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP)
Society for Dispute Resolution