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.
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.
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.
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.
UCI Law’s distinguished faculty includes experts on a wide variety of business and commercial law subjects:
Ray D. Weston, Jr.Lecturer: International Business Transactions