The Legal Studies minor provides students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the nature and development of law, legal institutions and processes, and the relationship ethical and social issues in the business world. Courses in the program include a wide spectrum of academic departments and programs so students may benefit from studying law from diverse perspectives. Students can focus their course of study around their specific career goals by completing the required courses and selecting from a range of elective courses within the program. In addition, the Legal Studies minor can often be combined with other major and minor programs.
- Minor in Legal Studies
Ira Sprotzer, J.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 239
Program Website: Legal Studies
Associated Department: Department of Marketing, Sport Management and Legal Studies
Legal Studies Minor Requirements
|BUS 210||Intro to Law: Contracts||3|
|BUS 300||The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business||3|
|LAW 450||Law & Justice Senior Seminar||3|
|ELECTIVE COURSES: Choose 3 from the following list:||9|
|BUS 211||Commercial Law||3|
|BUS 214||Advanced Business Law||3|
|BUS 315||Healthcare Law,Ethics & Polcy||3|
|BUS 375||International Business Law||3|
|BUS 444||Selected Topics Business Polcy||3|
|COM 301||Communication Law||3|
|HIS 301||Constitutional History of U.S.||3|
|HRM 312||Intro to Labor Relations||3|
|LAW 305||Trial Advocacy||3|
|LAW 308||Conflict & Conflict Resolution||3|
|LAW 310||Cyberspace Law and Policy||3|
|LAW 355/SPT 355||Sports and the Law||3|
|LAW 490||Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression||1-4|
|LAW 491||Internship in Law and Justice||1-4|
|POL 300||U.S. Constitutional Law||3|
Business majors can double count a maximum of 2 courses toward another program.
Courses and Descriptions
BUS 210 Intro to Law: Contracts 3 Credits
An introduction to the origin of current law, with emphasis on the development of business law, students are exposed to legal terminology and acquainted with the system of application of rules of law to actual situations. The laws of contracts, particularly common-law developments, are considered in great detail.
BUS 211 Commercial Law 3 Credits
The law as related to the sale of goods, commercial paper, and secured transactions as promulgated by the Uniform Commercial Code is considered in depth. Warranties, guarantees, remedies, and product liability are explored. The laws of bankruptcy and insurance are also considered.
Prerequisite(s): BUS 210.
BUS 214 Advanced Business Law 3 Credits
This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of individual and organizational forms of doing business. The laws governing agency, partnerships, corporations, and the purchase and sale of securities will be explored. The legal consequences of the relationships, and the rights and duties of the parties and entities will be discussed, as will the rules of law governing real, personal, and intellectual property, including the transfer of title to real property, the various types of bailments, the landlord-tenant relationship, and the laws concerning wills, trusts, and estates. The concerns of businesses that compete in the global environment through the study of international law will also be discussed. This course replaces the property (BUS 213) and business associations (BUS 212) courses; you may not take this course if you have taken either of these courses.
Prerequisite(s): BUS 210.
BUS 300 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3 Credits
The strategies by which organizations in the private as well as the public sectors interact with, adapt to, and attempt to influence their external environments are explored. The primary emphasis is on evaluating the effect of business and governmental decisions on the quality of life. The role of regulatory agencies and the impact of local and national legislation on organizational behavior are considered.
Prerequisite(s): 54 credits.
BUS 315 Health Care Law, Ethics & Policy 3 Credits
This course analyzes the role of the law in promoting the quality of health care, organizing the delivery of health care, assuring adequate access to health care, and protecting the rights of those who are provided care within the health care system. It will also examine the public policy, economic, and ethical issues raised by the health care system.
Prerequisite(s): 24 credits.
BUS 375 International Business Law 3 Credits
This course considers the impact of international organizations and treaties on global business and examines the various methods of international dispute resolution. Important legal and ethical issues related to conducting business overseas are discussed including the topics of labor and employment rights, environmental law, and intellectual property.
Prerequisite(s): 54 credits.
BUS 444 Selected Topics Business Polcy 3 Credits
The study of a selected topic of contemporary interest related to one or more of the following: strategic management, business law, business ethics, social responsibility, legal environment of business. Readings, research, lectures, discussions, and other methods will be used.
Prerequisite(s): to be determined by instructor.
COM 301 Communication Law 3 Credits
Critically examines the legal limits and privileges affecting freedom of expression, especially in publishing, advertising, film, telecasting, and cyberspace. Places particular emphasis on the historical and philosophical foundations of the freedoms and limitations of communication in the United States.
HIS 301 Constitutional History of U.S. 3 Credits
Surveys the English, Colonial, and Confederation backgrounds of American law and constitutionalism; the framing, adoption, and implementation of the Federal Constitution and its later development; the role of law in the nation’s history; the changing interpretations of federalism; the growth of judicial review; and the increasing role of the Supreme Court.
HRM 312 Intro to Labor Relations 3 Credits
This course deals with the relationship of labor unions and management, the fundamentals of collective bargaining, and labor legislation. The structure and growth of unions as well as the relationships and problems that exist among private and public sector organizations, the labor force, and government are surveyed.
Prerequisite(s): MGT 310 or permission of instructor.
LAW 305 Trial Advocacy 3 Credits
Students will apply fundamental legal concepts and rules of evidence to specific cases. By engaging in trial simulations, students will evaluate various forms of evidence, identify legal principles and evidentiary rules that impact a criminal trial, learn about trial procedures, pursuit of case theories, and witness, exhibit and jury selection.
LAW 308 Conflict & Conflict Resolution 3 Credits
Focuses on understanding the meaning of conflict and strategies for its resolution. The course examines the ways conflict functions in various social contexts including professional, community, family, education, and international relations. Traditional models of adjudication will be compared to alternative forms of dispute resolution. Students will be introduced to research on the practice and effectiveness of various forms of conflict and conflict resolution. Students will participate in various class exercises, including role-plays, simulations, and case studies.
LAW 310 Cyberspace Law and Policy 3 Credits
Explores the legal and policy concerns raised by the Internet, nationally and globally. The course considers issues of legal regulation of the Internet, and consider the debate about whether cyberspace can or should be regulated. Attention will be given to the applicability of principles of law and models of regulation. Topics addressed will include jurisdiction, freedom of expression, intellectual property, privacy protection, safety concerns, equal access, electronic commerce, and computer crime.
LAW 355 Sports and the Law 3 Credits
Examines the legal, ethical, economic, social and managerial issues related to sports. Topics include liability issues, contracts, employment discrimination, antitrust law, and constitutional law. Note: This course is cross-listed as SPT 355. Students may not get credit for both LAW 355 and SPT 355.
LAW 450 Law & Justice Senior Seminar 3 Credits
Draws on and develops students’ knowledge and understanding of law and legal institutions and applies it to a specific legal topic, method, institution, or controversy. Topics will vary. Students explore the social, political, ethical, and economic issues relevant to the topic. Students will be expected to contribute to seminar discussions and to complete projects related to the seminar theme. Required for seniors in law and justice minor and open to others by permission of the Director of the Law and Justice Program.
LAW 490 Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression 1-4 Credits
Independent Research and Study allows juniors and seniors in good academic standing to investigate topics of interest under faculty supervision. Projects must be approved by the faculty member, department chairperson, and academic dean no later than the third week of the semester in which the project is to be conducted. Only one project can be scheduled in a semester, and for no more than four semester hours; up to 12 semester hours of independent research and study may be counted toward graduation. Note that individual departments may have additional restrictions.
LAW 491 Internship in Law and Justice 1-4 Credits
Provides supervised work experience in an institution, office, or agency related to law or law enforcement, such as courts, prosecutor/defense attorney offices, private law offices, state agencies, and local police departments. Students are expected to apply and broaden the knowledge obtained from law and justice minor courses to their fieldwork experience.
Prerequisite(s): 2.75 GPA and permission of the Director of the Law and Justice program.
POL 300 U.S. Constitutional Law 3 Credits
The role of the Supreme Court in the American political system is assessed. Topics include the staffing and functioning of the Supreme Court and the federal judicial bureaucracy, the origins and development of judicial review, and the role of the Supreme Court in national policy-making. Note: This course is cross-listed as HLS 300. Students may not get credit for both HLS 300 and POL 300.