ERIC Number: EJ936063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
Legal Environment v. Business Law Courses: A Distinction without a Difference?
Miller, Carol J.; Crain, Susan J.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v28 n2 p149-206 Sum-Fall 2011
The purpose of this article is to provide a content analysis and statistics on the law-related core course requirements in colleges of business to assist professors and administrators in making curriculum decisions. It examines the name of "undergraduate" law-based course requirements in the business core in 404 universities accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as well as the number of hours and level associated with the course numbers. Part II traces the historical development of law-related courses in business curricula and the evolution of business law and legal environment courses. The emergence of a content split between accounting majors and other business majors is also discussed. Part III explains the methodology used to statistically identify and analyze differences between legal environment and business law courses and their content. The next three sections summarize the findings of this study. Part IV identifies the number of "hours" of law-based courses required in the business core and distinguishes the hours required for accounting majors versus other business majors. It examines whether the core course is offered at the sophomore "level" or during another year. This section also summarizes information on the overall quantity of undergraduate law course offerings. In Part V, a delineation of the core "course names" identifies the prevalence of legal environment courses in contrast to business law courses or courses with other names. Part VI analyzes the content of the core course based on catalog course descriptions. This section is subdivided to allow (1) statistical "content comparisons" between legal environment, business law, and other law-related courses; (2) examination of the "impact of course name," enrollment, and law major/minors "on the content" of the core law-based required course; and (3) exploration of "course description" comparisons between legal environment and business law courses. The Conclusion summarizes the findings, offers a prototype course description for a legal environment course and a business law course, and recommends a teaching approach focusing on recognition and minimization of legal risks. (Contains 13 tables and 193 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Law Related Education, Courses, Core Curriculum, College Curriculum, Undergraduate Study, Degree Requirements, Accounting, Majors (Students), Enrollment, Course Descriptions, Content Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Educational History, Comparative Analysis
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