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Courses in OHIO's Business Prelaw Major

To be successful in today’s business world, it is imperative that students have a working knowledge of the fundamental concepts of business law and regulation so that they can effectively manage their businesses in a fashion that optimizes legal risk.

Businesses operate in an increasingly complex environment. Not only do businesses face the challenges of a volatile economic environment, they also must navigate deftly a legal environment that affects nearly every aspect of business operations. That impact of the legal environment on business has never been more acute. 

Complete one of the tracks below for a total of 5 courses or 15 credit hours. You must complete the requirements of the business prelaw major in conjunction with the requirements for one of the other B.B.A. majors (such as accounting, business economics, or entrepreneurship) or in conjunction with the requirements for the Bachelor of Sport Management major.

Courses in Business Prelaw Major

All students complete these two courses and earn 3 hours toward the business prelaw major:

  • BUSL 2550 - Corporate Responsibility in a Legal Environment
    The 3 Credit Hours you'll earn for this class do not count toward the business prelaw major because this is a COB Individual Core Requirement course. You'll complete this as a requirement for your B.B.A. or B.S.M.
  • MGT 3100 - Values, Business Ethics, and Corporate Responsibility

Accounting and Finance Track

Required Course: All students complete this one course for 3 hours:

  • BUSL 3570 - Law of Corporate Governance, Commerce & Related Topics

Elective Courses: All students complete three courses for 9 hours:

  • ACCT 3400 - Introduction to Federal Income Tax Planning
  • ACCT 4400 - Single-entity Accounting and Tax Planning
  • ACCT 4500 - Accounting for Non-Business Entities and Contemporary Professional Issues
  • BUSL 2600 - Business Regulation and Compliance
  • BUSL 2900 - Special Topics in Business Law
  • BUSL 3780 - Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
  • BUSL 3850 - International Business Law
  • BUSL 4650 - Law of Sports
  • BUSL 4810 - Seminar
  • BUSL 4900 - Special Topics in Business Law
  • BUSL 4930 - Independent Research
  • FIN 3310 - Risk and Insurance
  • FIN 3410 - Investments
  • MGT 4300 - Managing Employee Relations

General Business Track

Required Course: All students complete this one course for 3 hours:

  • BUSL 2600 - Business Regulation and Compliance

Elective Courses: All students complete three courses for 9 hours:

  • BUSL 2900 - Special Topics in Business Law
  • BUSL 3570 - Law of Corporate Governance, Commerce & Related Topics
  • BUSL 3780 - Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
  • BUSL 3850 - International Business Law
  • BUSL 4650 - Law of Sports
  • BUSL 4810 - Seminar
  • BUSL 4930 - Independent Research
  • BUSL 4900 - Special Topics in Business Law
  • MGT 4300 - Managing Employee Relations

Ohio University College of Business' Business Prelaw Major can help you develop critical business law knowledge and skills. The major recognizes the business and economic emphasis of the practice of law and also provides a breadth of training.

Business law competency makes students more marketable, no matter the business discipline. From top managers to international practitioners, legal astuteness is in demand as a valuable commodity. For example, legal issues occupy up to 25 percent of a CEO’s available time. In one survey, sixty-nine percent of CFOs have indicated that “global regulatory requirements” will be required for the professionals of the future. Compliance Officer positions are experiencing a high growth rate, prompting the Wall Street Journal to call the compliance market a “hiring spree” and a “battle royal for talent.” A blossoming risk management industry has driven the need for positions in contract and regulatory risk management as well as holistic enterprise risk management.