Explore Business Law

This is where the law means business.  


Oregon Law's comprehensive Business Law program explains the law as it intersects with business, finance, entrepreneurship, estate planning, green business initiatives, intellectual property, sports, and tax. As a Business Law student at Oregon Law, you will gain the skills and hands-on experience needed to add immediate value to an employer or to become an entrepreneur.

Business Law faculty provide real-world experiences and skills training in and out of the classroom.  And with rich programming and clinic opportunities — including the Business Law Clinic, New Venture Championship, Nonprofit Clinic, Summer Sports Institute, and more — you will gain relevant, substantive, and practical experience as you prepare to enter the fast-paced business world as a legal expert.
 

Careers | Coursework | Faculty | Skills | Professional Development | Extracurriculars


Common Careers

  • Commercial litigator
  • Corporate counsel
  • Bankruptcy attorney
  • Securities lawyer
  • Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer
  • Real Estate lawyer
  • Health Care lawyer
  • Investment banker
  • Research analyst

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Selected Business Law Coursework


FIRST YEAR (1L)
• Torts
• Contracts
• Civil Procedure
• Property Law
• Constitutional Law I
• Criminal Law

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Secured Transactions
• Accounting for Lawyers
• Constitutional Law II
• Business Associations
• Federal Income Tax I
• Federal Income Tax II
• Legal Profession
• Antitrust Law
• Patent Law and Policy
• Intensive Writing Seminar

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Bankruptcy
• Securities Regulation
• Employment Law
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Evidence
• Trademarks
• International Business
• International Business Transactions
• Contract Drafting
• Copyrights

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Core Faculty

  
Carl Bjerre
Commercial law specialist and vice-chair of the ABA's
investment securities subcommittee


Andrea Coles-Bjerre
Bankruptcy law expert and
faculty director of the Business Law program


Mohsen Manesh
Research expert in areas relating
to corporate and contract law
with extensive experience in
corporate finance and business transactions


Roberta Mann
Business tax expert and former staff member
of the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation


OTHER BUSINESS LAW FACULTY

Michael Fakhri
Susan Gary
Rob Illig
Eric Priest
Nancy Shurtz
Liz Tippett

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Practical Skills Training  


FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Legal Research and Writing (Ranked #3 in the nation)

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Negotiation
• Contract Drafting

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Business Law Clinic
• In-House Counsel Externships 
• Transactional Lab

 

PRACTICAL SKILLS FACULTY

Mindy Wittkop
Kristie Gibson
Beatrice Dohrn
Suzanne Rowe
Elizabeth Frost
Megan McAlpin
Joan Rocklin 

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Professional Development


At Oregon Law, we take your future seriously. As a law student, you will take a required professional development seminar your first year, and you will receive individualized, tailored professional development coaching from a professional who will guide you to make strong career choices throughout your time at Oregon Law. 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Professional Development Seminar
•  Explore business law practice areas
•  Meet with a career counselor
•  Join UO Law Linkedln group
•  Summer experience examples: UO Purchasing & Contracting; 
   Port of Portland Externship; Research Assistant

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Narrow career exploration to specific employers/locations
•  Seek out networking opportunities
•  Apply for summer externships

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  In-house counsel externship
•  Apply for jobs and post-JD opportunities

 

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Business Law Extracurriculars
 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
Consider joining:
• Law and Entrepreneurship/Student Association
• Law of Intellectual Property
• Green Business Initiative
• Sports and Entertainment Law Forum
• The Business Law Section of the ABA

SECOND YEAR (2L)
Consider:
• Overseeing a symposium for a student organization or journal
• Oregon Law Review
• Competing in Moot Court Competitions
• Participating in The Northwest Bankruptcy Institute

THIRD YEAR (3L)
Consider joining:
• The Oregon State Bar Student Associate Program
• The Tax Law Section of the ABA

 

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