Department of Legal Studies in Business
Legal Studies in Business
"I feel that I have greatly benefited from being both a Legal Studies major and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. I did not realize the true benefits until I was able to apply information acquired from each during my summer internships. Over the past two summers I have been able to apply a lot of information that I have gained through my Legal Studies courses and through guest speakers at Phi Alpha Delta’s weekly meetings."
Rohan Wilson Jr. Senior Legal Studies major; Phi Alpha Delta Vice-President.
"Having wanted to be a lawyer since I was 10 years old but having no family members in the legal profession, I craved for an undergraduate education that would provide some insight into the world of law. As a major in the Legal Studies Department not only did I obtain insight but I received so much more! My fellow students felt the same, even those who had family members who were lawyers. The courses in the Legal Studies Department opened our eyes not only to the education of law but the practice of law. The program was, and continues to be, vigorous and thoughtful, providing students with exposure to attorneys practicing their trade on a daily basis thereby bringing real time examples into the classroom alongside seasoned professors who are constantly studying the law and its theory in an effort teach and cultivate knowledge. As a first year law student, I was ahead of the game with understanding legal principles and having already been through the rigor of reading and analyzing cases, discussing legal principles with thoughtful students and professors and learning how to advocate a position. It was easier to solve the puzzles during law school thanks to the practice I received from my legal studies major."
Katayun I. Jaffari, Ballard Sparr, LLP
"The Legal Studies major raises the bar in education of the legal environment and its application to business. Not only does the major live up to the high reputation of the Fox School of Business, but the professionals teaching the courses are very passionate about what they do and make the course material come alive with application of their real world experience in the field. Upon graduation, you leave Fox with the tools and education needed to succeed in business and/or the legal world."
Colin McWilliams, Class of 2013
"The Legal Studies major is one that prepares you for a plethora of job and education opportunities post graduation. With the experienced professors, it allows the students a real insight into the legal field."
Morgan M. Robinson, Class of 2013
"At first I was skeptical of the Legal Studies major because it was not a part of the liberal arts college like many other pre-law disciplines. The practical business experience gained from the Fox School of Business Legal Studies Department however, prepared me for law school in unexpected ways. My understanding of economics, marketing, and accounting provided me with the experience to secure internships with a Fortune 100 corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Justice. Not only did the Legal Studies major at Fox provided me with the skills and experience to differentiate myself In a challenging job market, the major also enabled me to connect meaningfully with legal scholars and professionals in the area. I have benefited enormously from their encouragement and advice."
Laura Amato, Temple University Beasley School of Law, class of 2013; Temple University, B.B.A. Legal Studies, class of 2010
You may be wondering about going to law school, or you may be considering a career in business – perhaps building your own business is your dream. Whatever your career goals, an understanding of how the legal system works, and how it impacts on every business decision, can be essential to your success.
Becoming an Attorney
A major in Legal Studies offers a unique and effective route to law school. You will receive hands-on training in how to read cases and statutes, how to do legal research, and how to make a legal argument – exactly the kinds of skills you will use in law school. And through membership in our national law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, you will benefit from networking opportunities reaching across the Delaware Valley and beyond.
Becoming a Business Professional
Law impacts every business transaction. Whether you start a company, hire an employee, manufacture a product, or negotiate a contract – at every stage of your work you will deal with decisions that have major legal implications. The Department of Legal Studies will help you identify the legal issues that impact the business world, and will assist you in learning how to deal with these considerations effectively.
The law affects every aspect of our life. Whether you are buying an automobile, leasing an apartment, or thinking about insurance, you will benefit from the courses offered in the Department on a daily basis. In fact, the program is so rich in offerings that students may take courses with topics ranging from the law of E-Commerce to sports law.
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