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Legal Studies

Samuel D. Hodge, Jr., J.D., Chair
Office: Alter Hall 464
215-204-8135
samuel.hodge@temple.edu
www.fox.temple.edu/cms_academics/dept/legal-studies-in-business

The Legal Studies curriculum is designed to acquaint students with the broad spectrum of the economic, political, and sociological framework within which the law functions. It also may be pursued as a pre-law major in preparation for law school. Majors will be exposed to a curriculum that will challenge their thinking process and reasoning abilities through the use of actual court cases, trial simulations, negotiations and other advocacy skills that stress written and oral communication. All faculty are law trained, and the courses offer an interesting blend of theory and practice.

Students pursuing this curriculum in preparation for the study of law should acquaint themselves with the content and format of the Law School Admissions Test. Information about the test and the Law School admission's process may be accessed by visiting our web site.

Legal Studies majors are encouraged to become involved in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. This organization hosts guest speakers, sponsors law-related field trips, and assists students in gaining internships within the legal field.

 

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All new students starting in the 2013-2014 academic year and beyond are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

Note that students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

College Requirements

Students must meet College Graduation Requirements, including the requirements of the major listed below. Legal Studies students must attain a 2.0 GPA in the major and a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to graduate. Please note that GPA requirements for Law School admission will be significantly higher. Use the major GPA calculator at www.fox.temple.edu/cms_academics/dept/advising/ to calculate the GPA in the major.

Major Requirements for new students

Students must follow the Major Requirements and College Requirements current at the time of declaration. Students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University, College, and Major requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

Suggested Sequence for new students

 

Requirements of Legal Studies Major

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Legal Studies 1102 Law of Contracts 3  
Legal Studies 3562 International Law 3  
Legal Studies 4596* Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy 3 WI
Choose three:     9  
Legal Studies 3502 Law for the Entrepreneur    
Legal Studies 3503 The Consumer & the Law    
Legal Studies 3504 Sports & the Law    
Legal Studies 3505 Constitutional Law    
Legal Studies 3506 Law, Technology & E-Commerce    
Legal Studies 3507 Business Law for Accountants    
Legal Studies 3508 The Litigation Process    
Legal Studies 3509 Entertainment Law    
Legal Studies 3511 Environmental Law, Sustainability & Public Policy    
Legal Studies 3512 Law of Nonprofits    
Legal Studies 3582 Independent Study    
Real Estate 3502 Real Estate Practice    
Subtotal     18  
*This major capstone is taken in the final semester and all prerequisites must be met.

 

Suggested Sequence of Legal Studies Major

Please note that this sequence is suggested only, ensuring prerequisites are met. Students' academic sequences may differ based on individual academic plans.

 

Semester I - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Statistics 1001 Pre-Calculus for Business 3  
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3  
Human Resource Management 1101 Leadership & Organizational Management 3  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester II - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Statistics 1102 Calculus for Business 3  
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3  
Legal Studies 1101 Legal Environment of Business 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester III - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Statistics 2103 Business Statistics
{waives GenEd GQ requirement}
4  
Accounting 2101 Financial Accounting 3  
Management Information Systems 2101 Information Systems in Organizations 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester IV - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Accounting 2102 Managerial Accounting 3  
Marketing 2101 Marketing Management 3  
Business Administration 2101 Professional Development Strategies 1  
Business Administration 2196 Business Communications 3 WI
Risk Management & Insurance 2101 Introduction to Risk Management 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester V - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Finance 3101 Financial Management 3  
Management Science/Operations Management 3101 Operations Management 3  
Business Administration 3102 Business Society & Ethics 3  
Legal Studies 1102 Law of Contracts 3  
Select one of the following:   3  
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Real Estate
3502*
3503
3504
3505**
3506**
3507
3508***
3509****
3511*
3512
3582
3502
Law for the Entrepreneur
The Consumer & the Law
Sports & the Law
Constitutional Law
Law, Technology & E-Commerce
Business Law for Accountants
The Litigation Process
Entertainment Law
Environmental Law, Sustainability & Public Policy
Law of Nonprofits
Independent Study
Real Estate Practice
   
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester VI - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Business Administration 3103 Integrative Business Applications 3  
International Business Administration 3101 Fundamentals of International Business 3  
Legal Studies 3562 International Law 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester VII - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Business Administration 4101 Global Business Policies 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Free Elective     4  
Select two of the following:   6  
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Real Estate
3502*
3503
3504
3505**
3506**
3507
3508***
3509****
3511*
3512
3582
3502
Law for the Entrepreneur
The Consumer & the Law
Sports & the Law
Constitutional Law
Law, Technology & E-Commerce
Business Law for Accountants
The Litigation Process
Entertainment Law
Environmental Law, Sustainability & Public Policy
Law of Nonprofits
Independent Study
Real Estate Practice
   
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester VIII - Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Legal Studies 4596 Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy 3 WI
Free Elective     3  
Free Elective     3  
Free Elective     3  
Free Elective     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Total credits for the B.B.A. in Legal Studies: 124  
 
*This course is offered in fall only.
**This course is offered in spring only.
***This course is offered in summer session only.
****This course is offered in spring/summer session only.

 

Accelerated 3 Year BBA

Motivated students can accelerate their BBA program to finish in 3 years. Please see the suggested sequence.

 

Online BBA Program

The Legal Studies major is available as an online BBA degree completion program designed for new students ready to start their junior year in a business curriculum. Please see our web site for program and admission information.

 

The Temple Law Scholars Program

Temple University School of Law and the Temple University Fox School of Business and Management have created a program for exceptional students who plan on attending law school. The Temple Law Scholars Program provides an opportunity for outstanding students to gain provisional admission to Temple University School of Law at the same time they are accepted into the Fox School of Business and Management. As Temple Law Scholars, students will spend their undergraduate years in Temple's Honors Program with a major in Legal Studies, after which they will enroll in Temple University School of Law, leading to the degree of Juris Doctor. While undergraduates, students may choose to add a second major or minor.

The Temple Law Scholars Program offers two options:

1. The 3/3 option offers an accelerated experience in which the student begins law school after three years of undergraduate work in the Honors program. The bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Legal Studies is awarded after completion of the first year of law school, and the law degree is received after three years of law school.

2. The 4/3 program offers an enriched undergraduate experience in which the student receives the bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Legal Studies after four years in the Honors Program, and the law degree after three years of law school.

Students who wish to seek additional work experience prior to matriculating in law school can also be granted a one-year deferral between college and law school.

For more information about the Department of Legal Studies and its course offerings, please visit our web site at www.fox.temple.edu/cms_academics/dept/legal-studies-in-business.

 

Minors

Courses cannot be used to meet minor requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor.

 

Human Resource Minor for Legal Studies

Legal Studies majors only.

Law permeates most aspects of our business lives and few decisions lack legal repercussions. In a business setting, the law regulates such things as who businesses can hire and fire, the liability for people injured on business premises and labor/management relations. On the other hand, organizations are hiring non-lawyer professionals to manage the most important asset of business, its human talent. Those employees are usually trained in human resource management.  In practice, lawyers and human resource managers work hand in hand to deal with employee problems and statutory regulations dealing with compliance issues. A major in law with a minor in human resource management is a natural fit. Students will learn the legal repercussions of a business decision while also being exposed to management and human side of that decision with practical exposure to those issues.

Requirements for this minor must be completed prior to graduation. Courses cannot be used to meet minor requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor or certificate.

 

Entertainment Law Minor

Business students only.

As long as people have had free time, they have pursued leisure activities. Music, theaters, and sports have been a part of culture since ancient times. As leisure time and personal incomes have grown, so has the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry. There are about 125,500 establishments, ranging from art museums to minor league sports teams in the entrainment field. Practically any activity that occupies a person's leisure time, excluding the viewing of motion pictures and video rentals, is part of this industry. What is often overlooked by those who wish to make a career in the field is that this endeavor is still a business and requires an understanding of the business enterprise. Not only will students who pursue this minor obtain a business degree but they will also learn about the special legal issues that confront this industry that provides about 2 million jobs a year.

Requirements for this minor must be completed prior to graduation. Courses cannot be used to meet minor requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor or certificate.

 

Legal Studies Minor

Business students only

This four course, 12-credit minor is designed to expose students to a curriculum in legal studies, particularly students majoring in other disciplines such as accounting, risk management or finance who are considering law school.  Students will learn how to read cases and statutes, do legal research and make a legal argument as well as identify the legal issues that will impact their business and personal decisions.

Requirements for this minor must be completed prior to graduation. Courses cannot be used to meet minor requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor or certificate.

 

Legal Studies Minor for Human Resource Managers

Human Resource Management majors only

The legal aspects of managing people at all levels of business and non profit organizations come into play in a wide variety of human resources policies and decisions as well as the ramifications of decisions about the business itself.  Compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations also creates the need for HR practitioners to consider the legal ramifications of hiring, training, coaching, disciplining and terminating individual employees.  Larger organizational issues such as layoffs, restructuring, outsourcing, benefits and retirement programs and decisions must also be made in compliance with the law.

Requirements for this minor must be completed prior to graduation. Courses cannot be used to meet minor requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor or certificate.

 

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