In fall 2018, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business and College of Law collaborated to offer the business and law undergraduate minor.
Open to business and non-business majors, College of Law professors, including former UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, teach courses for the 12-credit business and law minor. Two courses are offered per semester, according to the program’s website . The minor is restricted to students with junior standing and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and does not include the College of Business’s required law courses in the intermediate business core curriculum.
According to associate dean of undergraduate curriculum and programs Donna Dudney, the minor was created when the College of Law approached the College of Business with the opportunity. The College of Business was interested in the program to help give students an edge in the job market, she said.
“We’re seeing a lot of positions where they’re not necessarily looking for someone who is a lawyer, but for people coming into businesses with enough knowledge of the law,” Dudney said.
According to Dudney, the business and law minor can help prepare students for the regulatory side of business, such as compliance with public accounting regulations, human resource law and regulation on security exchanges.
“If you want to get into the C-suite, if you want to get high up, if you want to make strategic decisions, you have to know the legal implications,” she said. “You don’t have to be a lawyer, but it really helps if you have that knowledge of the law.”
The College of Law benefits from the new minor because it allows law professors to teach undergraduate business students who may become law students, Dudney said. Additionally, she said the minor provides an opportunity for pre-law students to gain undergraduate exposure to law courses.
Both colleges also found that many law school graduates place into jobs that prefer juris doctor degrees, or “JD preferred jobs,” rather than require juris doctor degrees, according to Dudney. She said as businesses move from positions that require JD degrees, they want candidates with legal knowledge.
“What they’re finding is that the market has really […]