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.

Featured News & Events

The Exploding Virtual Currency Industry and Emerging Law, Regulation and Policy Issues

The Exploding Virtual Currency Industry and Emerging Law, Regulation and Policy Issues

As part of American University's Washington College of Law Annual Alumni Reunion Weekend events, on Friday September 24, 2021, the Business Law Program hosted a roundtable discussion with three WCL alums who are legal leaders in the exploding virtual currency and blockchain industry.

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Professor Hilary Allen Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions

Professor Hilary Allen Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions

On Wednesday, June 30, Associate Professor Hilary Allen testified before a House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Hearing on “Addressing Climate as a Systemic Risk: The Need to Build Resilience within Our Banking and Financial System.” The hearing, held in a hybrid format, featured experts from different parts of the financial sector who addressed climate-related financial challenges.

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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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Alumni Spotlight

Andrew Siegel – General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Galaxy Digital

Andrew Siegel – General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Galaxy Digital

Andrew Siegel serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Galaxy Digital in New York City. Mr. Siegel centers his practice in the Financial Services space, handling a variety of corporate, securities, investment, and FinTech matters.

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David Brill – Head Commercial Counsel at Voyager Digital

David Brill – Head Commercial Counsel at Voyager Digital

David Brill serves as the Head Commercial Counsel of Voyager Digital in New York City. Mr. Brill centers his practice in the digital asset space, handling a variety of regulatory, securities, technology and compliance matters. A pioneer in the digital asset space, Mr. Brill helped one of the first regulated digital asset exchanges list Ethereum on its platform and worked on the first exchange traded fund (ETF) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Lee Schneider – General Counsel for Ava Labs

Lee Schneider – General Counsel for Ava Labs

Lee Schneider serves as General Counsel for Ava Labs, a leading blockchain software company. Mr. Schneider is responsible for all aspects of the legal function as well as the company’s government affairs initiatives. As an early lawyer in the financial services and technology space (FinTech) and a leading voice in blockchain law and policy, Mr. Schneider has been involved in many significant projects in FinTech and blockchain, including some of the largest and most popular token sales.

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