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Law and Business Minor Program Requirements

Law and Business Minor for Business and Non-Business Majors

Accelerate your career by combining your business knowledge with legal critical thinking and strategic analysis skills.

The undergraduate law and business minor is a four course (12 credit hour) program with classes taught by professors from the College of Law, and is open to both business and non-business majors. 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. Combining business knowledge with a minor in law and business makes graduates more marketable and provides connections to new job opportunities.

Course Requirements and Prerequisites

All of the 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.

Courses

BLAW375 – The Legal System, Lawyers and the Common Law
OFFERED FALL SEMESTER
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
OFFERED FALL SEMESTER
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. Professor Martin Gardner and Assistant Dean Marc Pearce


BLAW377 – Introduction to Corporate Compliance
OFFERED SPRING SEMESTER
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
OFFERED SPRING SEMESTER
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


Harvey Perlman
Harvey Perlman
Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni Professor of Law
Marc Pearce
Marc Pearce
Assistant Dean For Student Affairs and Administration
Martin Gardner
Steinhart Foundation Professor of Law
Catherine Lee Wilson
Associate Professor of Law
Eric Berger
Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Law

How to Enroll

Students interested in enrolling can do so through MyRed.

MyRed

Frequently Asked Questions

We are excited you are interested in our Law and Business Minor. Below you will find frequently asked questions with answers. For further inquiries your academic advisor can share more about this opportunity.

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How will the Law and Business Minor benefit me?

The legal system influences every aspect of your professional life. Knowledge of various regulations and government agencies is vital for an entrepreneurs, employees, managers, and business executives. A minor in law and business will help you develop an understanding of the inner workings of the legal system and how it influences organizational processes and functional areas including marketing, management, human resources, accounting and finance.

The College of Business surveyed numerous Lincoln-based organizations, of those companies, 80 percent said they sought prospective employees who have taken course work that this minor offers.

Start Something. Only four institutions nationwide offering similar coursework as the Law and Business Minor and Nebraska is the only institution offering it within its College of Business. You are in an exclusive company.

Who can add this minor?

College of Business students with junior standing and a GPA of 3.25 are qualified. Additionally, non-business majors are also welcome to apply. You do not have to be in the College of Business to declare this minor.

I am not majoring within the College of Business, can I still enroll in this minor?

Yes! Any undergraduate student with a 3.25 GPA junior standing (53-88 credit hours completed) can pursue the Law and Business Minor. 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.

I don’t want to go to law school, will this minor still benefit me?

Yes! Nebraska received valuable feedback from many companies who look for employees who have the skills and education the Law, and Business Minor provides. In fact, some Nebraska College of Law students pursue a dual degree with the juris doctorate and MBA because business skills bring value in their career.

What are the required courses for this minor?

The Law and Business Minor consists of four non-sequential classes. Two courses are offered each semester:
Fall: The Legal, Lawyers and the Common Law (BLAW 375), Civil and Criminal Litigation (BLAW 376)
Spring: Introduction to Corporate Compliance (BLAW 377), Legislation and Regulation (BLAW 378)

How many credit hours will I get toward my overall degree?

Each of the four required courses are three (3) credit hours each. Therefore a total of 12 credit hours are required to complete the minor.

Who are the professors and how do I connect with them?

You will have the opportunity to learn from esteemed law professors including:

Professors include:

Harvey Perlman: Learn from the previous University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chancellor. Perlman’s expertise includes torts and unfair compensation and intellectual property. He also represents Nebraska on the Uniform Law Commission.

Marc Pearce: With nearly 14 years of experience as a previous law clerk to the Honorable Warren K. Urbom, U.S. District Court Judge, Pearce shares insights from his real-world experience.

Martin Gardner: A criminal law expert, Gardner shares great stories from his experiences reviewing juvenile and criminal cases. He is also a member of the state bars of Nebraska and Utah.

Catherine Wilson: Wilson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert S. Vance, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit. Before joining the Nebraska faculty, she was a litigation associate with the Atlanta law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan.

Eric Berger: Drawing from his experience as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Berger applies real-world examples to theory in the classroom as he has worked on cases involving matters such as lethal injection, same-sex marriage, the detention of foreign nationals at Guantanamo Bay and internet obscenity.

When is the best time to speak to someone about this program?

Before priority registration begins! The value of this minor will advance you in your future career. As this minor is only open for enrollment at a junior class standing, we recommend planning now by talking with your advisor or one of our College of Business academic advisors.

College of Business Contact
Donna Dudney Donna Dudney
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Curriculum and Programs
Email: ddudney@unl.edu
Phone: (402)472-5695
College of Law Contact
Colleen Medill Colleen Medill
Robert and Joanne Berkshire Family Professor of Law
Email: cmedill2@unl.edu
Phone: (402)472-1206