Legal Studies

Major: Legal Studies
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 22.0201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 23-1011

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 the law to the 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.

Additional Information

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
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
English literature elective ENGL 200 through ENGL 3993.0
Fine Arts Elective3.0
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Architecture (ARCH), Art History (ARTH), Dance (DANC), Film Studies (FMST), Interior Design (INTR), Music (MUSC), Photography (PHTO), Visual Studies (VSST), Screenwriting & Playwriting (SCRP),Theatre (THTR)
History (HIST) Elective 4.0
Select two of the following: 6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
Electricity and Motion
Light and Sound
General Education Electives 12.0
Students select (12.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following four categories.
Diversity & Multicultural
Society and Culture
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Communications (COM), English (ENGL), Fine Arts (ARCH, ARTH, DANC, DIGM, FMVD, SCRP, FMST, INTR, MUSC, PHTO, THTR, WBDV, VSST), Global Studies (GST), Language (LANG) or Philosophy (PHIL)
Social Science
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Anthropology (ANTH), Criminology and Justice Studies (CJS), History (HIST), Sociology (SOC), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSY)
Science
Courses with the following subjects and course range from 100-499. Computer Science (CS), Information Systems (INFO), Science, Technology and Society (SCTS)
Free Electives 18.0
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BSAN 160Business Analytics and Data Visualization4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
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 201Introduction 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
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
For-Profit Business Consulting
Nonprofit Business Consulting
Startup Business Consulting
International Business Consulting
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Sport Business Consulting
Business Statistics II
Legal Studies Major Degree Requirements
Select nine of the following:36.0
Business Law II
Information Privacy, Data and the Law
Law of Business Organizations
Real Estate Law
Labor Law
Government Regulation and Business
International Business Law
Criminal Law
Marketing Law
Entrepreneurial Law
White Collar Crime
Legal Issues in Corporate Governance
Employment Law
Intellectual Property and Cyber Law
Independent Study in BLAW
Special Topics in BLAW
Total Credits180.0
*

Students not participating in co-op will not take COOP 101; 1 credit of Free Elective will be added in place of COOP 101.

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, no coop

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ECON 2024.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1024.0Society and Culture elective3.0 
 16 16 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0FIN 3014.0VACATION
STAT 2014.0MIS 2004.0MKTG 2014.0 
History (HIST) elective4.0Social Science elective3.0ORGB 3004.0 
Select one of the following:3.0Select one of the following:3.0ENGL 200 - ENGL 3993.0 
  
  
  
 15 14 15 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
COM 2703.0PHIL 1053.0Free elective*4.0 
INTB 2004.0Legal Studies (BLAW) elective8.0Legal Studies (BLAW) electives8.0 
OPM 2004.0Select one of the following:4.0Science elective3.0 
Legal Studies (BLAW) elective4.0  
   
   
   
   
 15 15 15 
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Free elective4.0MGMT 4504.0UNIV B2011.0 
Legal Studies (BLAW) electives8.0Free electives6.0Fine Arts elective3.0 
General Education elective3.0Legal Studies (BLAW) elective4.0Free elective5.0 
  Legal Studies (BLAW) elective4.0 
 15 14 13 
Total Credits 180
*

Students not participating in co-op will not take COOP 101; 1 credit of Free Elective will be added in place of COOP 101.

4 year, 1 coop (Fall/Winter)

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ECON 2024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Society and Culture elective3.0 
 MATH 1024.0  
 16 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0FIN 3014.0COM 2703.0
STAT 2014.0MIS 2004.0MKTG 2014.0INTB 2004.0
History (HIST) elective4.0Social Sciences elective3.0ORGB 3004.0OPM 2004.0
Select one of the following:3.0Select one of the following:3.0ENGL 200 - ENGL 3993.0Legal Studies (BLAW) elective4.0
  
  
  
 15 14 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEPHIL 1053.0Free elective4.0
  Legal Studies (BLAW) elective8.0Legal Studies (BLAW) electives8.0
  Select one of the following:4.0Science elective3.0
   
   
   
   
   
 0 0 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Free elective4.0MGMT 4504.0UNIV B2011.0 
General Education elective3.0Free electives6.0Fine Arts elective3.0 
Legal Studies (BLAW) electives8.0Legal Studies (BLAW) elective4.0Free elective4.0 
  Legal Studies (BLAW) elective4.0 
 15 14 12 
Total Credits 180
*

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

5 year, 3 coop (Fall/Winter) 

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0CIVC 1011.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0ECON 2024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Society & Culture elective 3.0 
 MATH 1024.0  
 16 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0
  STAT 2014.0MIS 2004.0
  History (HIST) Elective 4.0Select one of the following: 3.0
  Select one of the following: 3.0
  
  
  Social Science Elective 3.0
 0 0 15 14
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEFIN 3014.0COM 2703.0
  MKTG 2014.0INTB 2004.0
  ORGB 3004.0OPM 2004.0
  ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 Course 3.0Legal Studies (BLAW) elective4.0
 0 0 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEPHIL 1053.0Free Elective4.0
  Legal Studies (BLAW) elective8.0Legal Studies (BLAW) elective8.0
  Select one of the following: 4.0Science Elective 3.0
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 0 0 15 15
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Free Elective4.0MGMT 4504.0UNIV B2011.0 
General Education Elective3.0Free Electives 6.0Fine Arts Elective3.0 
Legal Studies (BLAW) elective8.0Legal Studies (BLAW) elective4.0Free Elective4.0 
  Legal Studies (BLAW) elective4.0 
 15 14 12 
Total Credits 180
*

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

Co-Op/Career Opportunities

Legal studies is the base of the rules and regulations of the business world. An undergraduate degree in legal studies can provide a foundational set of skills that can be applied in a variety of career types and industries. By exploring business through the lens of law, graduates with this degree can go on to become business leaders and influence critical industry decisions.

What Type of Skills Will You Gain From a Legal Studies Degree?

A legal studies degree focuses on more than just learning policy and legal regulations. By ensuring students have a solid understanding of a variety of core business disciplines, the Drexel LeBow legal studies curriculum prepares graduates to be dynamic professionals throughout their careers.

An example of the skills and topics highlighted by this degree:

  • Law of business organizations
  • Government regulation and business
  • International business law
  • Entrepreneurial law
  • Legal issues in corporate governance

What Can You Do with a Degree in Legal Studies?

Legal studies degree job opportunities are varied and reach a number of industries. From roles in federal and state government to private corporations and law practice, this degree prepares students to make critical business decisions based on legal analysis.

Career Growth Opportunities for Legal Studies Majors

While the natural assumption is that students in a legal studies program plan to go on to law school after graduation, and many do, a background in the law and legal systems benefits graduates interested in all areas of business.

Legal studies graduates go on to careers in real estate, law enforcement, hospital administration, business consulting, government affairs and financial management.

Common Job Titles for Undergraduate Legal Studies Majors

  • Compliance Officer
  • Human Resource Representative
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Mediator
  • Paralegal
  • Real Estate Agent

Innovative Industries in Legal Studies

  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Law Enforcement
  • Non-profit
  • Real Estate

Top Job Landings for Recent Drexel Legal Studies Graduates

  • Comcast Corporation
  • Grant Thornton
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Facilities

The 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home for LeBow College of Business is located at the heart of the Drexel University campus, at the intersection of Woodland Walk and Market Street, where it forms a gateway to Drexel and a backdrop to the historic statue of A. J. Drexel (Moses Ezekiel, 1904). The diagonal massing of the lower floors follows Woodland Walk and combines with the new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (Diamond & Schmitt, 2011) to energize the University’s central quadrangle. The building’s tower will mark the LeBow College and Drexel campus from all directions while the open, glassy Market Street façade will showcase the College’s student activities to passersby.

The building’s organization unites the school’s various constituencies around a five-story-high atrium ringed by classrooms, student lounges, events spaces, and offices. The atrium is immediately accessible from main entrances at the three corners of the building. An open stair within the atrium leads to a 300-seat auditorium and 100-seat lecture hall one floor below and to a divisible multipurpose room and additional classrooms above. The building’s upper floors contain faculty offices interspersed with seminar rooms and group study rooms. The top floor houses the Dean’s suite and a boardroom and conference suite that opens to east- and west-facing terraces.

The building’s warm masonry and glass exterior reflects the emerging vocabulary of the next generation of Drexel buildings. Sophisticated solar shading devices allow maximum transparency between the inside and outside while supporting the building’s high environmental aspirations.

Key Building Features

  • Five-story atrium
  • Finance trading lab with Bloomberg Terminal Room
  • 300-seat auditorium
  • 160-seat event space
  • 100-seat lecture hall
  • 45-seat seminar rooms
  • 44-seat computer classrooms
  • 60-seat classrooms
  • Executive MBA classroom
  • 24-seat classrooms
  • Special areas for experiential learning simulations and business consulting
  • Videoconferencing capabilities
  • Integrated teaching technology in all classrooms
  • Recording studio to support LeBow College’s online programs
  • Extensive areas for students to gather socially and for collaborative study, including student collaboration rooms, two quiet study areas, and 3,500 square feet of student social space
  • EMBA Alumni Lounge for the exclusive use of EMBA alumni
  • Behavioral Studies Lab
  • Starbucks
  • Green Globe certifiable, meeting worldwide sustainability standards

Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students, and staff in a state-of-the-art building on the University City campus. Please visit the LeBow College of Business webpage, the Behavioral Lab webpage, and the Finance Trading Lab webpage to learn more about Gerri C. LeBow Hall.

Legal Studies Faculty

Richard P. Freedman, JD, LLM (Temple University) Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor. Taxation, corporate and business matters, real estate, estate planning, estate administration and elder law.
Andrew Genetta, JD (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law). Associate Clinical Professor.
Rosalie S. Kreider, JD (Villanova University) Head of Department of Legal Studies. Clinical Professor. Business law, international business law, commercial transactions.
Natalie Pedersen, JD (Harvard University) Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor. Employment law; employment discrimination; implicit bias.
Steven R. Sher, JD (Georgetown University Law Center) Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor. Business law, product liability, negligence, medical malpractice.

Emeritus Faculty

Neal Orkin, JD (Temple University) Department of Legal Studies. Associate Professor Emeritus. Intellectual property rights of employed inventors and authors; labor relations.
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