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, and 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, network with employers and alumni, and participate in the business-related arbitration and securities moots. The BLP is large and vibrant and is always looking for and developing new opportunities. The Advisory Council on Business Law ensures that the BLP remains forward-looking, innovative, and remains connected to major networks in private practice, the corporate world, and government.

To learn more about what the Business Law Program has to offer, watch our virtual Business Law Orientation here.

Alumni Spotlight

Scott Levine – Partner at Jones Day LLP

Scott Levine – Partner at Jones Day LLP

Scott Levine is a partner at Jones Day LLP and advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, spinoffs and other divestitures, restructurings, financings, and joint ventures. He also has negotiated private letter rulings with the Internal Revenue Service on corporate, financial instruments, and energy credit tax.

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Loren C. Ponds – Member at Miller & Chevalier

Loren C. Ponds – Member at Miller & Chevalier

Loren C. Ponds is a Member at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C. Ms. Ponds centers her practice on providing strategic counsel to clients on tax matters, including legislative, regulatory, and other policy issues, as well as advising on technical tax matters related to transfer pricing and other international tax topics.

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Featured News & Events

Talking Fintech with Benjamin Lawsky, Former Superintendent, New York Department of Financial Services

Talking Fintech with Benjamin Lawsky, Former Superintendent, New York Department of Financial Services

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, AUWCL faculty and WCL’s Business Law Program hosted “Talking Fintech with Benjamin Lawsky, Former Superintendent, New York Department of Financial Services.” With an introduction by Professor V. Gerard Comizio, Associate Director, Business Law Program, and moderated by Professor Hilary J. Allen, the conversation covered the hottest topics in fintech today, including fintech regulation, the sector’s impact on financial industry culture, the use of technological tools for regulatory compliance, cybersecurity vulnerabilities in fintech business models, and more.

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An interview With SEC Commissioner Hester M. Peirce and AUWCL Faculty

An interview With SEC Commissioner Hester M. Peirce and AUWCL Faculty

On Tuesday, March 2, American University Washington College of Law hosted an interview with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner Hester M. Peirce and AUWCL faculty on the exciting developments under the federal securities laws governing financial technology and virtual currency.

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AUWCL Announces Innovative Business Law Compliance and Ethics Certificate Program

AUWCL Announces Innovative Business Law Compliance and Ethics Certificate Program

The Business Law Program at American University Washington College of Law is pleased to announce an innovative Compliance and Ethics Certificate (CEC). Covering one of the fastest growing areas of business law, the Compliance and Ethics Certificate enables students with a special interest in business law to earn a certificate that provides a core competency and a deeper understanding of compliance laws and regulations. Students will learn how to adopt and implement successful corporate compliance strategies as they acquire knowledge and skills in the legal, regulatory, and ethical framework undergirding compliance.

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Business Law Program Offers New Cutting-Edge FinTech Course on Virtual Currency

Business Law Program Offers New Cutting-Edge FinTech Course on Virtual Currency

Furthering the Business Law Program's mission of providing cutting-edge course opportunities across emerging business law sectors, associate director of the Business Law Program Professor Jerry Comizio will teach a two-credit Virtual Currency course in the Spring 2021 semester. It will be one of the first law school courses in the country devoted to exploring the emerging legal and regulatory framework governing virtual currency activities.

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Sarah Bloom Raskin, AUWCL Faculty to Discuss Economic and Financial Regulatory Policy in the Era of COVID

Sarah Bloom Raskin, AUWCL Faculty to Discuss Economic and Financial Regulatory Policy in the Era of COVID

On Thursday, Oct. 22, join American University Washington College of Law for an interview on economic and financial regulatory policies with Gov. Sarah Bloom Raskin and AUWCL faculty.

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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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