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Upcoming Events

Find a Mentor, Meet a Mentor - **This event has passed**
Meet faculty members with a variety of specialties and with experience in different areas related to business law.  Students will have a chance to meet one on one, have their resumes reviewed, talk about what’s hot and what’s not, discuss job-finding strategies, and consider the most effective plans for finding positions and starting careers. 

Externship Fair - **This event has passed**
This fair features employers who take WCL students as externs to gain experience as well as academic credit.  Participants have included the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the North American Securities Administrators Association, the Department of the Treasury, and numerous other government agencies and industry associations.

Choosing Business Law Courses with Jobs in Mind - **This event has passed**
You will hear professors talk about what courses to take in business law to make yourself attractive to employers.  The emphasis will be on putting together a complete curriculum that shows your interest in business law and that gives you the knowledge and skills you will need to make yourself valuable to employers.  The session will also feature a students-only part where upper level students speak candidly about courses and professors.

Strategy Tips from Alumni - Nov. 12 - 12:00-1:30, room 100
Students will have an opportunity to hear from alumni about career paths in business law, ranging from traditional law firm practice to government agencies that regulate business to nonprofit associations of businesses, among others.  Topics will include strategies for finding jobs, for choosing courses, for interviewing, and the many other elements that go into a successful job search.  This event is being sponsored by LALSA and by some of the student organizations in the Business Law Program. Register HERE

Business Law Program

The Business Law Program at the American University Washington College of Law includes an extensive curriculum, a number of student organizations, countless events throughout the year, as well as a full scholarly program. With over 150 different course offerings in business law and related fields, covering topics from antitrust to Regulation Z and everything in between, the curriculum aims to offer every course relevant to practicing business law, domestically and internationally, in the twenty-first century. Experiential learning in clinics and externships, both on the transactional and the litigation sides of practice, give students what they need to develop and mature as budding lawyers. Outside the classroom, students can compete in transactional and negotiation meets, can network with employers and alumni, and can participate in the business-related arbitration and securities moots. The BLP is large and vibrant and is always looking for and developing new opportunities.

Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar of the SEC discusses
securities regulation with students during a specialevent
at American University Washington College of Law.

A Conversation with Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar of the Securities and Exchange Commission September 3, 2014

Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar visited WCL for a conversation with students about securities regulation and particularly about current activities at the SEC. He spoke about the ongoing work at the SEC on the Dodd-Frank Act, the regulations that have promulgated so far, and the process that is still to come.  Many students and members of the public were interested in the differing treatment of securities and derivatives, and his comments in therelaxed question-and-answer style format addressed the differing jurisdiction of and the necessity for coordination between the SEC and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. 

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American University Business Law Review Symposium:  Corporate Counterterrorism: The Role of Private Companies in National Security - March 1, 2014

The symposium focused on the role of the private sector in U.S. counterterrorism programs, including surveillance, cybersecurity, and others.Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice National Security Division John P. Carlin delivered the keynote speech, and other participants included the general counsels and other senior lawyers for the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!

Marc Zwillinger, Michael J. Woods, Andrew Weissmann
Jones, Merritt Baer, and Jennifer Daskal perspectives on
private companies’ involvement in counterterrorism policy.



Alternative Dispute Resolution: St. Johns Securities Arbitration Team

WCL students Eliott Ponte, Angela Urbano, Jordan Stivers,
Natalie Littlefield (coach), and Sean Griffin competed in the
2014 St. John’s Securities Arbitration Competition.
The team placed second in negotiation.

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