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BSBA Major in
Legal Studies

While the natural assumption is that students in a legal studies program plan to go on to law school after graduation, and many do, a background in the law and legal systems benefits graduates interested in all areas of business.

Taking a more applied, practical approach than a pre-law program, a Legal Studies major enhances students skills by providing them with an understanding of how the legal system works on both a professional level and a personal level. It provides students with a fuller understanding of the legal system and how it’s applied to businesses.

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Legal Studies Major Curriculum

LeBow’s legal studies coursework emphasizes critical thinking as a tool for problem-solving so students will be able to identify and prevent possible problems and make the tough decisions necessary for business to prosper.

Students in a legal studies major can also gain exposure to different aspects and areas of law, which can help students prepare for real-world challenges.

The recommended plan of study includes classes in:

  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Business and Critical Reasoning
  • Legal Studies
  • Real Estate Law
  • Labor Law
  • International Business Law
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property Law

Learn more about our degree course requirements
View the plan of study in the Drexel Catalog

More Ways to Study Legal Studies

LeBow's MS and MBA dual degree programs offer graduates the benefit of a cross-discipline advanced business education, enhancing their careers with two degrees.

Drexel LeBow offers a variety of minors and certificates to supplement your major, for both LeBow students and those from other Drexel colleges.

Drexel Co-op and Experience

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Over 100 years of industry partnership has taught us the value of an immersive education. We focus on ensuring students have access to a wide variety of learning opportunities beyond the classroom to gain deep expertise, broad perspectives and the essential soft skills needed to succeed in business and in life.

Drexel Co-op

In the Drexel Co-op program, legal studies majors alternate six months of classroom learning with six months of full-time professional experience through University-approved employers. With plans of study that allow for up to three co-ops, students can gain as much as 18 months of practical, hands-on experience in the workplace, applying what they’ve learned in real-world settings long before graduation.

Our students have done their LeBow legal studies co-ops in a variety of organizations, locally and around the world. Past legal studies co-op placements include:

  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Morgan Lewis LLP
  • PECO, An Exelon Company
  • District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia
  • Chimicles Shwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP
  • University of Pennsylvania

Learn more about Drexel Co-op at LeBow

Learn by Experience

In addition to the Co-op program, experiential learning opportunities abound at LeBow, including consulting courses, case competitions, international residencies, research projects, industry thought leader events, alumni mentorship and more. Through projects made possible by the Dana and David Dornsife Office for Experiential Learning and Drexel Solutions Institute, our students apply their learning on real and simulated challenges, working with organizations domestically and internationally from Unilever, the Philadelphia 76ers, Boeing and PwC to nonprofit and governmental partners.

Learn more about the Dornsife Office for Experiential Learning

Student Organizations

At Drexel LeBow, students have many opportunities to engage outside of the classroom through student-run organizations, connecting with a community that shares their major, their heritage or any of the other unique characteristics that unite our diverse student population. The opportunities to collaborate, network and engage are endless.

An international honor society devoted to recognizing academic achievement in the study of business.

Providing extracurricular and networking opportunities within the field of law for students who are interested in the legal profession or legal careers.

Prepare for your career through business networking and learning opportunities, as well as competition-based learning initiatives.

Drexel Women in Business strives to provide its members with resources and opportunities to succeed in business, with a focus on the female professional.

Dedicated to helping any Drexel University student with an interest in business, regardless of major, to become a leader in the business world.

Careers and Network

Legal studies courses examine the rules and regulations of the business world. An undergraduate degree in legal studies can provide a foundational set of skills that can be applied in a variety of career types and industries. By exploring business through the lens of law, graduates with this degree can go on to become business leaders and influence critical industry decisions.

Job opportunities with a legal studies degree are varied and reach numerous industries. From roles in federal and state government to private corporations and law practice, this degree prepares students to make critical business decisions based on legal analysis. Legal studies graduates go on to careers in real estate, law enforcement, hospital administration, business consulting, government affairs and financial management.

Learn more about legal studies career opportunities

Campus and Facilities

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Our 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, is located at the heart of the Drexel University campus, which is located in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, home to the city’s vibrant research and technology corridor. Being located in Philadelphia, and within a short distance of New York and Washington, D.C. means Drexel LeBow students have access, not just to our 1700+ industry partners but also to a wealth of experience from leaders in the business, research and governmental fields.

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Connect with Us

Our staff is ready to help you with any questions you may have about the application process, including which program is right for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Caitlin Brady

Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs and Recruitment

(215) 571-3570

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