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This article was originally published in Facts & Findings - July/August 2018 issue. To read the full publication please Log In to your personal NALA account.  

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Commercial law is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade and sales. It is similar in some respects to corporate law which relates to the lifecycle of companies, including mergers and acquisitions. One way to learn about commercial law is to take a scenario and break it down.  


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In the summer of 1973, four college-aged friends set out on a camping trip in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. What happened over the next hours led to a case that generated a national debate about confidentiality between an attorney and client. Commonly referred to as the “Buried Bodies Case,” it is an essential part of law school curriculum that addresses legal ethics and professional responsibility.