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.


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.

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 Business Law Society, which provides students with professional networking opportunities and leadership training in corporate and business law sectors, 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:

  • Olufunmilayo B. Arewa

    Olufunmilayo B. Arewa

    Professor of Law and Director, Center on Africa and the Law:  Accounting, Anthropology, Business in Africa, Investment Companies, Private Equity, Securities Regulation, Venture Capital
  • Linda Cohen

    Linda Cohen

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

    Rachel Croskery-Roberts

    Professor of Law: Advanced Legal Writing: Business Drafting
  • Jonathan Glater

    Jonathan Glater

    Assistant Professor of Law: Topics in White Collar Crime, Business Associations: Public Companies
  • Sung Eun (Summer) Kim

    Assistant Professor of Law: Banking, Business Law, Business Transactions, Contract Law, Finance, Organizations

  • Christopher Leslie

    Christopher Leslie

    Chancellor’s Professor of Law: Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Class Action Settlements
  • 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
  • Katherine Porter

    Katherine Porter

    Professor of Law: Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Consumer Law, Mortgages, Credit and Debit Cards, Empirical Studies of Legal Systems
  • 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

    Long Chair 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