Spring 2014 Conference: Is the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Still Relevant?
The Center for Business Law (CBL) operates as a forum for faculty and students to integrate course work with research in the areas of intellectual property, tax law, commercial law, and corporate governance and ethics, and to engage the greater legal community through academic conferences and colloquia involving these areas.
The CBL’s four institutes designed to effect the foregoing are: corporate governance and ethics
; intellectual property
; tax law
; and commercial law
. Faculty and students of the institutes undertake projects that grow out of emerging issues in the applicable focus area of each institute. CBL’s academic institutes also offer a variety of career enhancement programs and seminars. Law degrees can be enhanced by these opportunities, which keep New England Law students on the leading edge of theory and practice. Recent projects include discussions of Benefit Corporations, developments in Massachusetts land use law, global trademark protection, and not-for-profit corporations.
Another aspect of CBL is the Business Practice Credit
(BPC), which allows students who are taking a business law course to earn academic credit for a supervised internship in which they assist attorneys in handling business law topics. Intern placements have included the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Sony Music Entertainment, Massachusetts Securities Division, Puma, and Liberty Mutual.
The business law center faculty is extremely qualified in various aspects of business law, having have held positions at major firms or regulatory agencies, including large Wall Street law firms, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board, FINRA, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.