Center for Business Law
The Center for Business Law (CBL) draws together and builds on the law school’s offerings in the broad areas of business law and provides opportunities for students to learn about the challenges and possibilities of business law practice. Professors in the CBL bring a practitioner’s perspective to the big picture of emerging issues and strategies. Our range of practice experience and scholarly interests include Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Securities Practice, Federal Tax Planning and Practice, Estate Planning, Intellectual Property, Health Law, and Sports Law.
The CBL provides experiential learning opportunities for students through the Business Practice Credit
and the Summer Fellowship Program
. Our experiential placements range from small law firms to large publicly-held corporations as well as governmental agencies. The experiences include litigation, transactional, and compliance work.
The CBL also sponsors conferences, symposia and colloquia, which expose our students to current issues of business law. Our signature conference is the Commercial Law Conference. This year's conference on October 6 will focus on selling goods to foreign markets
. Past Commercial Law Conferences include Is the UCC Still Relevant, International Commercial Transactions: Sale of Goods, and Cross-Border Financing; and Is the Code Exploding or Imploding.
In addition to the Commercial Law Conference series, the CBL has sponsored or co-sponsored a wide range of events including the following panel discussions: The Legal and Compliance Issues in the Corporate Use of Personal Data; King v. Burwell (the Affordable Care Act case argued before the Supreme Court in March 2015); and the Market Basket Saga. The CBL also co-sponsored a colloquium on The Three Elements of a Successful Pharmaceutical Trademark—A Global Perspective.
CBL faculty members work closely with students in a number of different settings. CBL faculty members coach New England Law | Boston moot court and mock trial competition teams for the National Tax Moot Court Competition as well as the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition in intellectual property law. In addition, students work with CBL faculty in researching ongoing business law review articles and casebooks. CBL faculty members also work with students who seek business-related pro bono opportunities, such as the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).
Intellectual Property (IP) Law Concentration
IP Law is a dynamic field that features highly rewarding and exciting job opportunities. New England Law | Boston has responded to the growth in this specialty with a new concentration, which provides students with a further focus while in law school and additional credentials for when they enter the job market. Learn more about our IP Law Concentration.
Summer Fellowship Program
The New England Law | Boston Summer Fellowship Program aids New England Law students in their efforts to gain valuable practice experience during the summer after their first year of law school and, for students in the part-time program, their second year. The New England Law Board of Trustees has pledged that each fellow will receive a stipend of $3,500 to assist with summer living expenses. Learn more about our Summer Fellowship Program.