Legal Studies

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA): 180.0 quarter credits

About the Program

Law is pervasive in all aspects of business and life. The major in legal studies provides Drexel University students with the ability to recognize the influence of the law, understand its application and make informed and intelligent decisions regarding the course of action to take.

Although the major in legal studies will benefit those interested in pursuing a career in law, it is not intended solely for students aspiring to attend law school. This major enhances any business student's perspective on the impact of legal issues within their respective professions.

Students will learn the basics of various areas of the law and the legal environment of business and will learn to identify the factual situation in which to apply that law. They will be able to analyze the facts, determine which aspects of the law are pertinent, apply that to those facts, and draw a conclusion. Clarity of thought, reasoning and expression (both oral and written) are additional results of this process.

Emphasis is on critical thinking as a tool for problem solving, so that whatever the discipline, students will be able to identify and prevent possible problems or seek proper and timely assistance for critical decision making.

For more information about the program, contact the Department of Legal Studies.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201Career Management1.0
English literature elective ENGL 200 through ENGL 3993.0
Fine Arts elective3.0
History (HIST) elective3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
General Education Electives
Students select seven (21.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following three categories. Students take the remaining 12.0 credits from any of the topics listed under Additional General Education Electives.
Society and Culture
Communication, English, Fine Arts, International Area Studies, Language or Philosophy3.0
Social Science
Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology3.0
Science
Computer Science, Information Systems, Science3.0
Additional General Education Electives
Twelve (12) credits must be earned by taking 4 courses from the following topics: Communication, English, Fine Arts, International Area Studies, Language, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math, Science12.0
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I (Online students take BUSN 111)4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II (Online students take BUSN 112)4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Business Consulting
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Management Simulation
Business Statistics II
Major Requirements
Eight required courses (See Major Requirements list below)32.0
Free Electives20.0
Total Credits180.0

 

Legal Studies Major Degree Requirements
Select eight of the following:32.0
Business Law II
Law of Business Organizations
Real Estate
Labor Law
Government Regulation and Business
International Business Law
Criminal Law
Entrepreneurial Law
White Collar Crime
Legal Issues in Corporate Governance
Employment Law
Intellectual Property and Cyber Law
Total Credits32.0


Sample Plan of Study

 

Term 1Credits
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
General education elective3.0
Society and culture elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
History (HIST) elective3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 5
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
Select one of the following3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
ENGL 200 Through ENGL 399 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
Business Legal Studies (BLAW) Course4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Business Legal Studies (BLAW) Course4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Business Consulting 
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 
Management Simulation 
Business Statistics II 
Free elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
Business Legal Studies (BLAW) Course4.0
Business Legal Studies (BLAW) Course4.0
Science elective3.0
Free elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
Business Legal Studies (BLAW) Course4.0
Business Legal Studies (BLAW) Course4.0
General education elective3.0
Free elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
Business Legal Studies (BLAW) Course4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
Fine arts elective 3.0
Free electives4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
Business Legal Studies (BLAW) Course4.0
UNIV B201Career Management1.0
General studies electives3.0
General studies electives3.0
Free electives 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 180.0

 

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Minor in Legal Studies 

Requirements

  • No more than 2 courses or 8.0 credits required by a student’s major may be counted towards this minor.
  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or better must be earned for each course in this minor for it to be counted.
  • No more than two transfer courses may be used to complete this minor. Transfer credits must be taken before matriculated at Drexel.
  • Students should check the pre-requisites of all classes when selecting electives. It is the responsibility of the student to know pre-requisites.
  • Business administration and business & engineering students may complete any of the business minors, including:  accounting, business, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international economics, legal studies, management information systems, marketing, and operations & supply chain management.
  • Cannot do a major and a minor in the same field of study. 

All prospective students should meet with an advisor from the College as soon as possible. Call 215.895.2110 to set up an appointment.


Requirements
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
Select five of the following:20.0
Business Law II
Law of Business Organizations
Real Estate
Labor Law
Government Regulation and Business
International Business Law
Criminal Law
Entrepreneurial Law
White Collar Crime
Legal Issues in Corporate Governance
Employment Law
Intellectual Property and Cyber Law
Total Credits24.0


Courses

BLAW 201 Business Law I 4.0 Credits

Covers scope and classification of business law and the field of contracts.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 202 Business Law II 4.0 Credits

Covers sales, negotiable instruments, personal property, and bailments.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 321 Law of Business Organizations 4.0 Credits

Covers agencies, partnerships, corporations, and limited-liability companies.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 330 Real Estate 4.0 Credits

Studies real property laws and the various rights, obligations, and limitations pertaining to land ownership. Analyzes the problems, procedures, and documents involved in the acquisition, mortgaging, and transfer of real property.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 334 Labor Law 4.0 Credits

Examines state and federal law regulating labor relations. Analyzes employment law and its impact on employment practices.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 338 Government Regulation and Business 4.0 Credits

Examines constitutional questions regarding relationship between business and various levels of government in the United States.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 340 International Business Law 4.0 Credits

Examines the law of international commercial transactions, trade, licensing, investments, and dispute resolution.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 342 Criminal Law 4.0 Credits

Surveys state and federal criminal codes and procedures.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 346 Entrepreneurial Law 4.0 Credits

This course is intended to address the various legal and ethical issues that confront individuals and companies in starting up new ventures, either within an existing company or a new start-up company.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BLAW 348 White Collar Crime 4.0 Credits

Examines the current federal and local criminal codes as they apply specifically to managers and businesses and the enforcement process.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BLAW 350 Life Insurance 3.0 Credits

Covers basic principles and practices in the field of life insurance.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 354 Property and Liability Insurance 3.0 Credits

Covers principles involved in and the protection provided by property and liability insurance, including multiple line and all risk insurance.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 356 Legal Issues in Corporate Governance 4.0 Credits

This course examines the legal and regulatory environment of corporate governance by reviewing legislation such as Sarbane/Oxley and other regulations. The course examines not only the compliance requirement and penalties imposed by such regulations, but also analysis the impact it has on director and managers in the management of business.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BLAW 201 [Min Grade: D]

BLAW 358 Employment Law 4.0 Credits

Examines and analyzes legal aspects of employment as governed by law and judicial decision, including labor standards, workers' compensation, employment law and employment practices, and employer and employee rights.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BLAW 201 [Min Grade: D]

BLAW 360 Intellectual Property and Cyber Law 4.0 Credits

This course presents an overview of the Law of Intellectual Property. It examines patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets together with public policy issues including the Constitution and legislation. It also reviews current regulation and legislation relating to the Internet, including privacy and tort issues.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BLAW 201 [Min Grade: D]

BLAW 481 Special Topics in Business Law 1.0-4.0 Credit

Various topics of particular interest to business law students.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 498 Special Topics in Legal Studies 1.0-4.0 Credit

This course covers topics of particular interest in the area of legal studies.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

BLAW 499 Independent Study 1.0-4.0 Credit

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

Legal Studies Faculty

Roger D. Collons, JD, PhD (George Washington University; Georgia State University) Department of Legal Studies. Professor. Patent law, preservation of wealth.
Richard P. Freedman, JD, LLM (Temple University) Head of the Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor. Taxation, corporate and business matters, real estate, estate planning, estate administration and elder law.
Rosalie S. Kreider, JD (Villanova University) Department of Legal Studies. Clinical Professor. Business law, international business law.
Neal Orkin, JD (Temple University) Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor. Intellectual property rights of employed inventors and authors; labor relations.
Pedersen Pedersen, JD (Harvard University) Department of Legal Studies. Assistant Professor. American law, contract law, labor and employment law.
Steven R. Sher, JD (Georgetown University Law Center) Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor. Business law, product liability, negligence, medical malpractice.
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