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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 Acquisition.  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 Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar visited WCLfor 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. 

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