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  Academic Programs / Business & Management

Legal Studies

Samuel D. Hodge, Jr., J.D., Chair
Office: Alter Hall 464
215-204-8135
samuel.hodge@temple.edu
http://sbm.temple.edu/dept/legal/

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 students are required to complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.

  • New freshmen starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum.
  • New transfer students starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum.

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/advising to calculate the GPA in the major.

Major Requirements for Freshmen

Suggested Sequence for Freshmen

Major Requirements for Transfers

Suggested Sequence for Transfers

 

Requirements of Legal Studies Major - for freshmen only  

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Law S.B.M. 1102 Law of Contracts 3  
Law S.B.M. 3562 International Law 3  
Law S.B.M. 4596* Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy 3 WI
Choose three:     9  
Law S.B.M. 3502 Law for the Entrepreneur    
Law S.B.M. 3503 The Consumer & the Law    
Law S.B.M. 3504 Sports & the Law    
Law S.B.M. 3505 Constitutional Law    
Law S.B.M. 3506 Law, Technology & E-Commerce    
Law S.B.M. 3507 Business Law for Accountants    
Law S.B.M. 3508 The Litigation Process    
Law S.B.M. 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 - For Freshmen Only

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
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Statistics 1001 Pre-Calculus for Business 3  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3  
HR MGMT 1101 Organization & Management 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester II - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Statistics 1102 Calculus for Business 3  
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3  
Law S.B.M. 1101 Legal Environment of Business 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester III - Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
MIS 2101 Information Systems in Organizations 3  
Statistics 2103 Business Statistics
{waives GenEd GQ requirement}
4  
Accounting 2101 Financial Accounting 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester IV - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Accounting 2102 Managerial Accounting 3  
BUS ADM 2101 Professional Development Strategies 1  
BUS ADM 2196 Business Communications 3 WI
Marketing 2101 Marketing Management 3  
RSK MGT 2101 Introduction to Risk Management 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester V - Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Finance 3101 Financial Management 3  
MSOM 3101 Operations Management 3  
Law S.B.M. 1102 Law of Contracts 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Select one of the following:   3  
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Real Estate
3502*
3503
3504
3505**
3506**
3507
3508***
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
Independent Study
Real Estate Practice
   
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester VI - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
BUS ADM 3103 Integrative Business Applications 3  
BUS ADM 3102 Business Society & Ethics 3  
IBA 3101 Fundamentals of International Business 3  
Law S.B.M. 3562 International Law 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester VII - Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
BUS ADM 4196 Global Business Policies 3 WI
Free Elective     4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx GenEd Breadth Course 3  
Select two of the following:   6  
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Real Estate
3502*
3503
3504
3505**
3506**
3507
3508***
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
Independent Study
Real Estate Practice
   
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester VIII - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Law S.B.M. 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 (freshmen): 124  
 
*This course is offered in fall only.
**This course is offered in spring only.
***This course is offered in summer session only.

 


Requirements of Legal Studies Major - for transfer students only  

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Law S.B.M. 1102 Law of Contracts 3  
Law S.B.M. 4596* Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy 3 WI
Law S.B.M. 3562** International Law 3  
Economics  3500+ Any upper-level Economics courses, excluding Economics 3581 3  
Business Electives   Select three electives from business departments 2500+ 9  
         
Select any two of the following:   6  
Law S.B.M. 3502 Law for the Entrepreneur    
Law S.B.M. 3503 The Consumer & the Law    
Law S.B.M. 3504 Sports & the Law    
Law S.B.M. 3505 Constitutional Law    
Law S.B.M. 3506 Law, Technology & E-Commerce    
Law S.B.M. 3507 Business Law for Accountants    
Law S.B.M. 3508 The Litigation Process    
Law S.B.M. 3582 Independent Study    
Real Estate 3502 Real Estate Practice    
         
Subtotal       27  
* Satisfies the technology requirement for the major.
** Satisfies the International Requirement for the major.

 

Suggested Sequence of Legal Studies Major - For Transfer Students Only

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
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CORE   TILT Tutorial 0  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 CO/GW
Statistics 1001 Pre-Calculus for Business 3 QA
LAW S.B.M. 0856 Law & American Society 3 AC/GU
C+IN SC 1055 Computers & Applications 4 SB
CORE   Core Area 3 AR/IS/RS
Subtotal     17  
 
Semester II - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 IA/GY
Statistics 1102 Calculus for Business 3 QB
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN
CORE   Core Area 3 AR/IS/RS
CORE   Science & Technology A 4 SA
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester III - Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 IB/GZ
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN
HR MGMT 1101 Organization & Management 3  
Statistics 2101 Statistical Methods & Concepts 3 QB
Accounting 2101 Financial Accounting 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester IV - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
RSK MGT 2101 Introduction to Risk Management 3  
STOC 1111 Public Speaking 3  
Marketing 2101 Marketing Management 3  
Statistics 2102 Selected Statistical Applications 3  
Accounting 2102 Managerial Accounting 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester V - Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Finance 3011 Introduction to Financial Markets 3  
BUS ADM 2101 Professional Development Strategies 1  
BUS ADM 3102 Business Society & Ethics 3  
CORE   Core Area 3 AR/IS/RS
Law S.B.M. 1102
 or
3562
Law of Contracts
    or
International Law
3  
Elective   Business elective 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Semester VI - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Finance 3101 Financial Management 3  
CORE   Core Area 3 AR/IS/RS
Economics 3500+   3  
Law S.B.M. 1102
 or
3562
Law of Contracts
    or
International Law
3  
Select one of the following:   3  
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Real Estate
3502*
3503
3504
3505**
3506**
3507
3508***
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
Independent Study
Real Estate Practice
   
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester VII - Fall
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
MSOM 3101 Operations Management 3  
Free elective     3  
Elective   Business Elective 3  
Elective   Business Elective 3  
Select one of the following:   3  
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Law S.B.M.
Real Estate
3502*
3503
3504
3505**
3506**
3507
3508***
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
Independent Study
Real Estate Practice
   
Subtotal     15  
 
Semester VIII - Spring
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
BUS ADM 4196 Global Business Policies 3 WI
Law S.B.M. 4596 Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy 3 WI
WI/Free Elective   Choose a writing-intensive elective (xx96, xx97, xx98) if required. 3 (WI)
Free Elective     3  
Free Elective     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Total credits for the B.B.A. in Legal Studies (transfer students): 123  
 
*This course is offered in fall only.
**This course is offered in spring only.
***This course is offered in summer session only.

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 http://sbm.temple.edu/dept/legal/.

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