Legal Studies Minor

B.A., B.A.A., B.F.A., B.S., B.S. in B.A. degrees

The Legal Studies minor is designed for the student who will work in a business regulated by government or in a governmental unit which regulates business behavior. It will be of particular interest to students in business, history, economics, and political science. In addition, it is an excellent adjunct for the pre-law student.

The mission of the Legal Studies Minor is to provide the opportunity for students of any major to obtain an understanding of how the legal system in the U.S operates, the impact of law on society in general and business in particular with the goal of responsible citizenship. It also familiarizes students with the law in specific topical areas.

The goals of the program and the student learning objectives are:

Goal 1: Introduce the student to legal institutions and legal processes

Objective 1.         Explain the following processes:

    1. litigation
    2. negotiation
    3. mediation
    4. arbitration
    5. court-ordered arbitration

Objective 2.         Explain the court systems, both federal and state and recognize the functions of each and how they interact with each other.

Objective 3.         Explain the legal systems, both federal and state and recognize the functions of each and how they interact with each other.

Goal 2: Know what law is, why we have law, and the effects of law.

Objective 4.         Identify the four sources or types of law:  constitutional, statutory, administrative regulations and case law (common law).

Objective 5.         Explain the role of administrative agencies in the regulation of business.

Objective 6.         Distinguish between contracts that are covered by the Uniform Commercial Code and those covered by the common law.

Objective 7.         Explain the essential elements of a contract.

Objective 8.         Explain the fundamental principles of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Objective 9.         Define the following civil remedies: compensatory damages, specific performance, injunction, punitive damages.

Objective 10.     Demonstrate an understanding of tort law: negligence, intentional torts, and strict liability.

Goal 3: Introduce the student to basic legal skills and methods.

Objective 11.     Prepare, in written form, organized and logical solutions to simple legal problems by application of relevant legal principles.

Objective 12.     Demonstrate the ability to brief cases.

Please note that no more than a total of 27 hours may be taken in the College of Business Administration and counted toward graduation unless the student is majoring in the College of Business Administration.

Program Requirements

To view the most accurate requirements of the degree you wish to pursue, please go to https://bulletins.cmich.edu and select the year of the bulletin that applies to you, and "on campus" (unless you are taking distance learning classes, in which case you would select "off campus"). Then simply select the department and specific major and minor you are pursuing.

For additional information, or for a personal walkthrough of major and minor requirements and please contact:

Business Student Services
(989) 774-3124
Grawn Hall
150 E Bellows
1st Floor, Room 105