Minor in Business Law

Law is pervasive in all aspects of work and life. The minor in business law allows students from any academic discipline to learn the skill sets necessary to identify and manage legal issues encountered within personal and professional contexts, including insurance, employment, home ownership, and personal property.  For students interested in a career in law, business, or government, the minor will provide a solid understanding of the complex legal issues that exist in today’s regulatory environment.

Great Academics

Our renowned business programs have remained fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for more than 70 years. This distinction places us in the top five percent of business schools worldwide.

Our College of Business Administration is ranked the best private business school in Michigan by College Choice.  Both our undergraduate Management program and our MBA have been ranked among the nation's top 30 Management programs by U.S. News & World Report.  Our pass rate for first-time candidates on the CPA exam ranks best in the nation.   

We offer you diverse choices for programs and majors, whether you want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in one of many areas, including:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Intelligence
  • Sports Management

Many students even go on to receive both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years, with scholarships that last the entire length of the program!

Great Outcomes

The job placement rate of our Bachelor's degree candidates exceeds 95%.  And our graduates populate the board rooms and executive offices of major companies, governments, and nonprofits around the world.  View a sample of them here.

Great Values

Do you want to make the world a better place? We do! No matter which business school you choose, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the field, but at UDM we can offer you something more: The opportunity and know-how to affect change in the world around you.

Why are we different? Because we’re rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions of our religious sponsors. Jesuit and Mercy schools are known for providing students a great, well-rounded education with an emphasis on leadership and service — we don’t just teach business; we create community leaders.

While in school, hone your skills by participating in service learning projects aimed at helping others, like providing volunteer income tax assistance and teaching financial literacy classes. You’ll learn business, but also so much more.

Great American City

Do you want to go to school in a city rich with culture and entertainment, known for its music, theater, food, sports and world-class museums?

And what about a city with 20 Fortune 500 companies nearby? Think about the possibilities for co-op placements and internships!

If this sounds good to you, then you might just feel at home at University of Detroit Mercy. Our students learn, work and play in the Motor City. And as a business student, you’ll be at the forefront of the industry, surrounded by opportunities to make a name for yourself before you’re even done with school.

Your on-campus opportunities are plentiful, too. You’ll get great personal attention from your professors, thanks to our student-centered environment and small class sizes, and you can meet new friends with similar interests in our many clubs and organizations.

But as much as we take pride in our Detroit roots and campus experience, we also understand how important it is for our students to experience the world at large. That’s why we offer study abroad opportunities through our International Studies in Business travel course — experience the world of business in Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and Rome.

Come, open the door, visit us and learn how you can play an active role in creating your own path to success. Great things are in store for you at the University of Detroit Mercy!

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    Degree Requirements & Curriculum

    First, take the introductory course:

    • BUS 2310 Business Law

    Then, choose one course from each component area in the list below:

    Component Area 1: Law and Society

    • BUS 2350 Law and Popular Culture
    • BUS 3720 Sports Law
    • ACC 4300 Federal Income Taxation I

     Component Area 2: Law and Human Relations

    • BUS 4790 International Human Rights Law
    • BUS 3700 International Business Law

    Component Area 3: Law and Contractual Relationships

    • BUS 4770 Insurance Law and Risk Management
    • BUS 4760 Legal Environment of Real Estate
    • BUS 3520 Labor Law & Collective Bargaining

     Component Area 4: Special Topics in the Law

    • ACC 4400 Federal Income Taxation II
    • LEGA 2650 Corporations and Business Organizations
    • POL 2040 Tort Law
    • POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality          

    Last, take the final course:

    • BUS 3190 Ethics, Business Leadership, and Social Responsibility. 

    To declare and successfully complete the business law minor, students should take note of the following:

    1. A student must declare a major before declaring a business law minor.
    2. A student should declare a business law minor by the first semester of his or her junior year. A minor cannot be added after graduation. The minor will be certified at the same time that the student’s major(s) is certified for graduation.
    3. A minimum of 18 credits is required for the business law minor.
    4. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in business law minor courses in order for the minor to be posted on the official transcript at the time of graduation.
    5. At most, six (6) credit hours within the business law minor may be counted towards both the major and the minor.
    6. At least 12 credits (or 4 courses) of the courses required for the minor must be taken at UDM unless the courses are taken as part of a consortium agreement.
    7. BUS 3190 must be completed at UDM.
    8. Where indicated for certain courses in the curriculum (see below) students must complete prerequisite courses before taking the specified course in the business law minor.
    9. No course for the business law minor can be taken on a pass/fail basis.
    10. A minimum of nine (9) credit hours must come from courses at the 3000- or 4000-levels.
    11. Students in the College of Business Administration may not pursue both a concentration in business law and the business law minor.
    12. Students completing the business law minor will also be required to submit a portfolio to the business law minor coordinator during their final semester. The portfolio must include one example of written coursework completed by the student from each of the four component areas. To document the student’s intellectual development during the course of the minor program, examples of written work must be submitted in chronological order. A student may only submit one example of written work per course. In addition, the student must submit a 500 word reflective essay addressing how the minor enhanced: (a) his or her understanding of the connection between business law and private life; and (b) his or her understanding of the connection between business law and major field of study. Students will also be asked to share their comments and reflections on the strengths and weaknesses of the minor, as well as offer suggestions for improving the minor.

    The College of Business Administration reserves the right to review and to modify the curriculum for the business law minor through the same procedures that it uses to review and to modify the business administration major.




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Alumni Profile: Anai Orozco-Hernandez

"The individual attention I received from professors and staff, the friendships I've made with people from diverse cultures, the values I've learned to guide me in my professional and personal life, with the great city of Detroit as my background, have all been essential and led me to where I am today. I started as a shy and intimidated student in the fall 2010 semester, and four years later, I've successfully completed my accounting undergrad and will obtain my MBA after the winter 2015 semester, at which point I’ll join the Ernst & Young assurance team, convinced that I’ll be able to make lasting contributions to them and, eventually, my community. Landing the job I’ve always wanted at the company of my dreams wasn’t a simple task, but with the support of my family, friends, peers and the University, I’ve accomplished every goal I’ve set. And that’s just the beginning."

-Anai Orozco-Hernandez '14, '15