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The ABA Business Law Section is holding its spring meeting in New Orleans on April 6 to April 8.  Lawyers pay hundreds of dollars to attend, but registration is FREE to law students and offers unparalleled networking and educational programs.  More info here.

Calendar for 2016 – 2017

Conversation Series with Ryan Abraham '10, Senior Tax and Energy Counsel at the U.S. Senate Finance Committee

The Business Law Program will host a small lunch discussion with Ryan Abraham on Wednesday, February 15th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room YT15. RSVP here.

Diversity and Diversification in Business Law: Who Practices Business Law and What Do They Do?

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is hosting this event for WCL students at their firm on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30. Their firm is located at 1152 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. All those attending must register, bring an ID for entry, and wear business attire. Limited RSVP available here.

Choosing Business Law Courses--with Jobs in Mind

The Business Law Program will host a course advising session on Thursday, March 30th from 12:00 to 1:20 in Room N101. Pizza lunch will be included. Please RSVP 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, gives 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.


Business Law Program Webcast Project



Please click the button on the left to enter the BLP Webcast Project.

Faculty members have recorded videos on topics they believe will serve students interested in business law. Recordings include an overview of "Business Law at AU WCL" with Professor David Snyder; "Nine Approaches to the Business Associations Course" with Professor Walter Effross; and "Why business law students should learn analytical methods—and a course that teaches them" with Professor Jonathan Baker.

More videos will be posted over the next few weeks.


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
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