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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Law and Business Minor

Prepare for Tomorrow’s Jobs with Legal and Business Knowledge

Many jobs require a familiarity with legal concepts but not a juris doctor degree. They include jobs in growing fields such as regulatory compliance, employment law, contracts and procurement, financial services and securities regulation and real estate development. Enhance your career objectives with the Law and Business Minor. You will be taught by professors from the College of Law in this efficient four-course (12 credit hour) program open to both business and non-business majors. Combining your business knowledge with a minor in law and business makes you more marketable and provides connections to new job opportunities.


All courses in the minor require a 3.25 cumulative GPA or higher and junior standing. The four courses in the minor can be taken in any order. The recommendation, however, is to take BLAW 375 and BLAW 376 first.

For each of the courses in the Law and Business minor there are two sections listed on MyRED, with both sections meeting at the same time and in the same room. One of these sections is open only to College of Business students, while the other section is open to all students. If your major is outside of the College of Business you will need to register for the section open to all students.

Minor Curriculum

BLAW375 – The Legal System, Lawyers and the Common Law

Introduction to the court system, sources of law, and an overview of the three major areas of the common law: torts, contracts, and property. Emphasizes intellectual property, zoning, product liability, Uniform Commercial code and other topics relevant to business. Examines the role of lawyers in business settings.


Professor Harvey Perlman

BLAW376 – Civil and Criminal Litigation

Examines civil and criminal justice system and key legal concepts that frame the operations of these systems, including jurisdiction and venue, civil and criminal case progression, structure and function of key legal documents, discovery and evidence, civil appeals process, components of criminal responsibility criminal defenses, search and seizure, the privilege against self-incrimination, sentencing issues, and the post-conviction process. Examines issues that arise in business settings.


Assistant Dean Marc Pearce

BLAW377 – Introduction to Corporate Compliance

Examines relationships between corporate governance, risk and compliance. Identification and discussion of common features of compliance programs and specific regulations affecting corporate compliance. Discussion of the role of risk assessment and ethical considerations.


Professor Catherine Lee Wilson

BLAW378 – Legislation and Regulation

Introduction to legislation, the structure of the U.S. government, the sources of governmental policy, and the various factors that influence policy and related regulations. Examines considerations that go into legislative and administrative policymaking and how businesses can play a role in shaping legislative and administrative agendas. Analyzes complex language through the art of statutory interpretation.


Professor Eric Berger

Graduate-Level Law Faculty Teaching Law and Business Minor

Harvey Perlman Harvey Perlman
Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni Professor of Law

Marc Pearce Marc Pearce
Assistant Dean For Student Affairs and Administration

Catherine Lee Wilson Catherine Lee Wilson
Associate Professor of Law

Eric Berger Eric Berger
Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Law

How to Enroll

Students interested in enrolling in the minor should do so through MyRED.