The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Raymond Wyrsch – Distinguished Lecturer in Business Law


Professor Wyrsch is a Distinguished Lecturer here in the Business and Economics School, and he teaches the following business law courses: Commercial Transactions (MGT 321), Business Organizations and Property Rights (MGT 322), The Legal and Policy Aspects of Government Regulation of Business (MGT 371), The Legal Aspects of Accounting, Auditing and Finance (ACCT 480, 580). He also teaches similar law courses as a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University Law School. For many years Prof. Wyrsch was a Distinguished Lecturer at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, where he specialized in business organizations law (corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies) and legal accounting and finance. Professor Wyrsch received many teaching awards and recognitions during his years at the Law School.

Prof. Wyrsch graduated from Seton Hall University (B.S.) in 1967. After completing military service he entered law school, graduating from the University of Houston School of Law in 1972. He has also received a Masters in Law (L.L.M.) from the George Washington University School of Law (Corporation Law, 1977), and a Masters in Business (M.B.A.) from the George Washington University, School of Business (1982).

Prof. Wyrsch served as an officer in the U.S. Army (3rd Infantry Division), as a Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander and a Division Procurement / Supply Officer (1967-1969). Following his graduation from law school Prof. Wyrsch worked for the Office of General Counsel, the Government Accountability Office, as a Senior Attorney for almost 30 years (1972-2001). He specialized in issues of national security, intelligence, international affairs, the defense industry, as well as government budgeting, accounting and financial matters.

Throughout most of his professional career Prof. Wyrsch had taught business law-related courses as an Adjunct Professor, both at Catholic and several other D.C. area universities
(George Washington, Georgetown, American and Howard).

Prof. Wyrsch retired in 2001 to in order to devote more time to working with business students and law students to prepare for and excel in their respective professional careers. In 2001 Catholic appointed Prof. Wyrsch as a Distinguished Lecturer (full time), and he also teaches as a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University Law School and Howard University Law School. Prof. Wyrsch also teaches law courses in the American Law Program, which is a program co-sponsored by the Catholic Law School and the Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland).

Prof. Wyrsch is currently a member of the following sections of the American Bar Association: the Business Law Section and the Litigation Section..

On the personal side, Prof. Wyrsch and his wife Claire were married in 1968 and have two children, Kara, an attorney, and Michael, a career officer in the U.S. Marine Corp. For many years Prof. Wyrsch had worked in various leadership, volunteer positions in local government, community service, and youth sports organizations.

Notable Assignments

  • the federal organizational framework for combating international terrorism
  • the regulation/prevention of over-concentration within the defense industry
  • maintaining proper accountability over government corporations
  • the strengthening of government accounting and auditing standards
  • the regulation of foreign acquisition of U.S. firms (the Exon-Florio Act)
  • use of military forces for civilian defense purposes (the Posse Commitatus Act)
  • the designation and handling of classified information by the executive branch
  • the SEC’s implementation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • GAO’s access to internal executive branch documents and materials
  • establishing international safeguards against proliferation of nuclear materials
  • the enactment and enforcement of the Federal Computer Security Act
  • the prevention, detection and prosecution of fraud in federal programs
  • use of organizational conflict of interest safeguards in government contracts
  • administration of international agreements for the international space station
  • oversight of confidential expenditure accounts in the executive branch
  • federal regulation of the export of militarily-sensitive items by defense firms
  • accountability of U.S. expenditures in international assistance programs
  • the establishment of Inspector General Offices in federal agencies
  • the enactment and implementation of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978
  • federal agencies’ use and oversight of administrative law judges
  • the House Judiciary Committee’s consideration of Governor Nelson Rockefeller as Vice-President of the United States.




In His Words ...

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed teaching the business law courses since this is normally the students’ first formal exposure to the most interesting legal world. The students quickly discover how relevant the topics are to both their professional and personal development.– Raymond J. Wyrsch



Office: 400 Columbus School of Law
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

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Phone: 202-319-6604




  • MGT 321 – Business Law I
  • MGT 322 – Business Law II
  • MGT 371 – Legal and Policy Aspects of Government Regulation of Business



J.D., University of Houston School of Law

L.L.M., George Washington University School of Law

M.B.A., George Washington University School of Business


Areas of Expertise

  • Legal accounting
  • Business organizations law