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Upcoming Events

Brief Membership Deadlines - Oct. 3; Oct. 5 2014
Students who wish to apply to the Arbitration Brief must do so by October 3, Click here for more info. Students who wish to apply to the Intellectual Property Brief must do so by October 5, Click here for more info.

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.

How to Launch Your Business Law Career:  Strategy Tips from Alumni - Nov. 12, 2014
Students will have an opportunity to hear Alumni and upper-level students discuss proven methods used in approaching course selection, internships/externships, and networking.

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.  Commissioner Piwowar stayed for a reception where he and students continued the discussion in informal conversation over food and drinks.

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