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.

Alumni Spotlight

Chris White, Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP

Chris White, Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP

Chris White (’19) is an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP and a board member at Targetscope Inc. In 2019, Shearman & Sterling initiated a partnership with the National Verterans Legal Services Program (NVSLP), which has resulted thus far in Shearman’s representation of five veteran clients. Chris works with these veterans to navigate the appeal of their discharge characterizations.

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Nefretete A. Smith, Counsel at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Nefretete A. Smith, Counsel at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Nefretete A. Smith (‘10) is a Counsel in the Legal Division at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) where she has more than 10 years of experience delivering legal and policy advice in the areas of banking law and regulation, administrative law, bank supervision, executive compensation, and corporate governance.

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Demonstrating How Business Law and Community Services Go Hand in Hand

Demonstrating How Business Law and Community Services Go Hand in Hand

Jason Schwartz ’09 was drawn to law school out of an interest in analytical thinking and a quest for job security after graduating as an English major at NYU in ’05. Ten years into his practice as a tax attorney in Cadwalader’s Washington, D.C office, Schwartz distills complex language into advice for clients. He recently received one of the best compliments a tax lawyer could get after publishing a practice portfolio on the taxation of collateralized loan obligations.

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Featured News & Events

Practice & Career Trends in Finance, Insurance, and M&A Sectors During COVID-19

Practice & Career Trends in Finance, Insurance, and M&A Sectors During COVID-19

June 17, 2020

This webinar offered a candid and real-time assessment of current trends in the Finance, Insurance, and Business Law sectors, while exploring how students could position their careers to work within the COVID19 headwinds and identify and leverage unanticipated opportunities.

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Starting in a Crisis

Starting in a Crisis

June 9, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WCL alumni and faculty shared insights derived from their experiences who graduated law school during the 2008 financial crisis. The panelists shared their perspectives nearly a decade later, along with specific job-search strategies for success.

A Conversation with Stephen Gardner on the Global Practice of Business Law

A Conversation with Stephen Gardner on the Global Practice of Business Law

March 5, 2020

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Mr. Stephen Gardner ('91) joined students for lunch and a conversation on the global practice of business law. Mr. Gardner is an alumnus of the Washington College of Law and is the current Chief Counsel for the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Professor Jerry Comizio Named Associate Director of the Business Law Program

Professor Jerry Comizio Named Associate Director of the Business Law Program

American University Washington College of Law and the Business Law Program congratulate V. Gerard (Jerry) Comizio on his new position as associate director of the Business Law Program. Comizio is a leading authority on financial services regulatory, transactional, and compliance matters. He has extensive experience in representing a wide range of financial services companies, including both domestic and foreign banking organizations, non-bank financial institutions, fintech companies, digital currency exchanges and private equity firms engaged in covered fund, merchant banking, and so-called 4(c)(6) activities.

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