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...some quick and dirty tips.

1. Space is still available in Analytical Methods for Business Law (LAW 928). It brings you up to speed on key economic, financial, and statistical skills used throughout business law. It's a crucial course for those who have not had these concepts before, and very helpful for honing the skills of those who have. More information is here.

2. Secured Transactions (LAW 840) will not be offered this spring but it is being offered this fall. If you are graduating this year and haven't taken it yet, TAKE IT NOW! It's your last chance. More information is 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.

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group
opens the day of discussions with an inspiring message.

Washington College of Law Hosts Event on Recent Trends in Global M&A

On Saturday, February 13th, American University’s Washington College of Law hosted a panel of distinguished alumni on the topic of Recent Trends in Global Mergers and Acquisitions. Geoff Willard (WCL ’96), currently a partner at Cooley LLP, gave an overview of the rapidly changing business environment for large international mergers and acquisitions. Scott Levine (WCL ’97), a partner at Jones Day, gave an overview of tax aspects of recent mergers, including a discussion of so-called inversion transactions. Sara Razi (WCL ‘00), a partner at Simpson Thatcher and a former Deputy Assistant Director at the FTC, discussed anti-trust issues. WCL professor Benjamin Leff moderated a spirited discussion between an audience of students and alumni and the panelists.

A Conversation with CFTC General Counsel Jonathan L. Marcus

In April, General Counsel for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Jonathan L. Marcus, joined students and faculty for a slice of pizza and a conversation about the agency. Marcus discussed his day-to-day tasks as general counsel to the world's largest commodities regulator. Specifically, Marcus highlighted some of the agency's activities, including ongoing market manipulation prevention and enforcement actions; transparency within the agency; its role in the Financial Oversight Council; and overlapping jurisdiction between regulators like the Commodity Futures Protection Corporation (CFPC) and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior to his appointment as General Counsel in 2013, Marcus served as counsel at Covington and Burling LLP within the Supreme Court Litigation Practice.

A Conversation with Former U.S. Solicitor General Gregory G. Garre

Last November, former Solicitor General Gregory Garre paid a visit to the Washington College of Law. Garre spoke to students about his role as the top litigator for the federal government and his transition into the private sector–representing businesses before the Supreme Court. Additionally, he discussed his pending arguments before the Court in Fisher v. University of Texas. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Garre as Solicitor General in 2008, and he has argued forty-one cases before the Court.


2015 St. Johns Securities Triathlon Team
Student competitors - Schuyler Milham, Jaime Garcia De Paredes,
Mohammed Loraoui, and Eliot Ponte (coach) (right).

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