Business Law

Lawyers today in all areas of practice must have a good understanding of business and commercial law. As a result, business and commercial law is a focus of teaching, scholarship and public service at UCI Law.

Courses

In addition to Business Associations, which is a fundamental core course for all UCI Law students, UCI Law offers a range of upper-division courses in the business and commercial law area. These courses include Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, Antitrust, Banking Regulation, Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Corporate Tax, Federal Income Tax, Insurance Law and Policy, International Business Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions, Non-Profit Corporations, Partnership and LLC Tax, Secured Transactions and Securities Regulation.

Hands-On Learning and Public Service

At UCI Law, students can get real-world business and commercial law experience through clinics and pro bono work.  In the Community Economic Development Clinic, students have the opportunity to do transactional work on behalf of community groups, individuals, non-profit organizations and small businesses. The Community Economic Development Clinic focuses on the development of transaction-oriented lawyering skills, and provides students with business skills and the fundamentals of business law and an introduction to public-spirited legal work outside the litigation context.

The Consumer Protection Clinic facilitates student work with the California Monitor, who provides advice and support to the California Attorney General in enforcing the landmark $25 billion national mortgage settlement. This clinic gives student exposure and experience in the consumer law area. Students have the opportunity to learn how lawyers design and execute compliance strategies, experience the challenges of assisting consumers in financial trouble, and gain understanding of the complex roles of a state Attorney General. Students in the Consumer Protection Clinic have the opportunity to develop a range of legal skills, including fact-gathering, client interviewing, negotiation, and legal analysis. Students also deal with a variety of areas of substantive law, including contract law, property law, banking law, accounting, and complex litigation.

Additional Opportunities

Business law opportunities at UCI Law go beyond coursework, clinics and public service. UCI Law students have established a number of organizations with a business and commercial law focus, including the Law and Economics Society, which explores the intersection of law and economics at theoretical and practical levels, and the Entertainment Law Society, which focuses on business and legal issues relating to music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and other industries of interest. 

UCI Law is also home to the John S. & Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business & Law, established as a premier research entity to facilitate and further develop important relationships between the U.S. and China as related to commerce and law.

Faculty

UCI Law’s distinguished faculty includes experts on a wide variety of business and commercial law subjects:

  • Image of Olufunmilayo B. Arewa

    Olufunmilayo B. Arewa

    Professor of Law:  Accounting, Anthropology, Business in Africa, Investment Companies, Private Equity, Securities Regulation, Venture Capital

  • Image of Linda Cohen

    Linda Cohen

    Professor of Economics and Law: Economics and Law, Government Regulation and Policy, Political Economy
  • Image of Rachel Croskery-Roberts

    Rachel Croskery-Roberts

    Professor of Law: Advanced Legal Writing: Business Drafting
  • Image of Sarah Lawsky

    Sarah Lawsky

    Professor of Law: Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, Common Law Analysis: Contracts, Federal Income Tax

  • Image of Jonathan Glater

    Jonathan Glater

    Assistant Professor of Law: Topics in White Collar Crime, Business Associations: Public Companies
  • Image of Christopher Leslie

    Christopher Leslie

    Professor of Law: Human Rights, Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts
  • Image of David Min

    David Min

    Assistant Professor of Law: Business Law, Credit Cards, Economics and Law, Finance, Government Regulation and Policy, Mortgages, Real Estate Law, Banking, Securities Regulation
  • Image of Katherine Porter

    Katherine Porter

    Professor of Law: Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Consumer Law, Mortgages, Credit and Debit Cards, Empirical Studies of Legal Systems
  • Image of Trilby Robinson-Dorn

    Trilby Robinson-Dorn

    Professor of Law: Lawyering Skills, Legal Profession, Employment, Client Counseling, Litigation, Business Transactions, Women in the Profession
  • Image of Shauhin Talesh

    Shauhin Talesh

    Assistant Professor of Law: Consumer Law, Insurance, Business Organizations, Empirical Legal Studies, Law and Society

  • Image of Benjamin van Rooij

    Benjamin van Rooij

    Professor of Law and Director of John S. & Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business & Law: Chinese Law and Regulation, Comparative Law
  • Image of Kerry Vandell

    Kerry Vandell

    Deans Professor of Finance and Director, Center for Real Estate, Paul Merage School of Business, and Professor of Law: Business Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate Law
  • Ray D. Weston, Jr.

    Lecturer: International Business Transactions
  • Image of Christopher A. Whytock

    Christopher A. Whytock

    Professor of Law: Political Science, Transnational Litigation, Public International Law, Conflict of Laws, Domestic Courts and Global Governance, Interdisciplinary and Empirical Analysis of International Law