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Business Advising Program

Roughly one-half of U.S. workers are employed by business enterprises that have fewer than 500 employees.  About one-fifth of U.S workers work for companies with fewer than 20 employees. The Business Advising Program equips students to advise these small and midsize businesses that drive the U.S. economy as well as entrepreneurs starting business enterprises.

Real World Inside the Classroom

The business law faculty members at Widener Law Commonwealth have developed the Business Advising curriculum in consultation with business lawyers and business owners to ensure a real world approach to learning. Certificate courses focus on business organization and structure, taxation, financing transactions, employment relationships, and intellectual property. Every Business Advising student must take one transactional skills course to gain practical experience in contract drafting, business formation, and various types of business transactions.

Real World Practical Experience

Business Advising students are also afforded numerous opportunities to put their practical skills to work outside of the classroom.

Dauphin County Bar Association Lawyers for the Arts Program. Artists and arts organizations face many of the same legal issues as other small businesses.  Widener Law Commonwealth is a partner in the Dauphin County Bar Association Lawyers for the Arts Program. This program pairs artists and arts organizations of limited means with experienced attorneys. Business Advising students participating in this program will gain valuable client interviewing skills and have the opportunity to work with Harrisburg-area business lawyers. Read more about about Widener's involvement with this program.

Transactional LawMeet. Business Advising students may compete in the Transactional LawMeet. The National Transactional LawMeet is a live, interactive, educational competition designed to give law students a hands-on experience in developing and honing transactional lawyering skills. Members of the Harrisburg business law community donate their time to help train students for the Transactional LawMeet and Mid Penn Bank has generously provided financial support for the team.  Widener Law Commonwealth is proud to serve as host to the February 2018 Transactional LawMeet, which is co-sponsored by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Pennsylvania Bar Association - Widener Law Commonwealth Business Law Externship Program.  The PBA-WLC Business Law Externship Program is designed to give select students the opportunity to work with the PBA Business Law Section Executive Council.  Students provide research support for the Section’s law reform efforts and assist the Executive Council in producing the Section’s membership newsletter. The externship program gives students the opportunity to work closely with business lawyers who practice throughout Pennsylvania. 

Real World Connections

The Business Advising Program is led by Director Juliet M. Moringiello.  Visit our Business Advising Faculty page for a list of full-time and adjunct faculty affiliated with the Business Advising Program.

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News Articles
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Professor elected Chair of PBA Business Law Section

Juliet Moringiello, Commonwealth Professor of Business Law and Director of the Business Advising Program became Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Business Law Section.

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ABA Business Law Section's Diversity Clerkship Program

Student Ruby Liu accepted an award from ABA Business Law Section Chair, Paul "Chip" L. Lion III.

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2016 Transactional LawMeet

Students Nick Marinelli, James Kane and Ruby Liu won an award for best draft.


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The Business Advising Program benefits from the input of its Advisory Board, made up of alumni and friends of Widener Law Commonwealth. The members of the 2018-2019 Advisory Board are:

Matthew Curran,'13, Partner, Penwell Bowman + Curran
Richard A. Heeter
, Principal and Managing Director, Capital Trustees, LLC
Marija Kuren, '04, Assistant Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Alexander D. Langan, '12, Partner, Langan Financial Group, LLC
Angela McGowan, ’07, Member, Pillar + Aught
Rory G. Ritrievi, '98, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mid Penn Bank
Adam L. Santucci, '09, Member, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
Anthony B. Seitz, '08, Vice President, Development, High Associates, Ltd.
Henry W. Van Eck, '98, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
LaToya Winfield Bellamy, '05, Member, Eckert Seamans, Attorneys at Law