Business Ethics and Legal Studies
Office: Daniels College of Business, Suite 687
Mail Code: 2101 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80208
Web Site: https://daniels.du.edu/business-ethics-legal-studies/
Today's managers, professionals and entrepreneurs operate in a complex legal environment that affects all facets of an organization. Firms need business graduates with knowledge of the legal and regulatory climate for jobs in human resources, marketing, purchasing and environmental affairs. Business and trade associations depend on staff members who monitor legislative and judicial decisions. A Business Ethics and Legal Studies minor provides a foundation for careers in the public or private sector.
Business Ethics & Legal Studies
The Business Ethics & Legal Studies minor is available to all undergraduate students.
"LGST 2000 Foundations of Business Law" is a prerequisite for all other Business Ethics & Legal Studies courses. Business students take this course as part of the Business Core, and only require an additional 16 hours in order to complete the minor.
20 credits, including:
|Prerequisite Course 1||4|
|Foundations of Business Law|
|Legal Studies Courses||12|
|Any "LGST" course can be counted toward the minor. Examples include:|
|The Constitution & Business|
|Contracts for Business|
|Employment Law & Ethics|
|Business Ethics & Social Responsibility|
|Topics in Business Law II|
|International Business Law|
|Topics in Legal Studies|
|Negotiation & Conflict Resolution in Business|
|Select one additional course from either Legal Studies or from the list below:|
|Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties|
|Constitutional Law: Governmental Structures and Powers|
|Taming Tyranny: How Constitutions Frame Freedom|
|Supreme Court & Public Policy|
|Sociology of Law|
|Kids and Courts|
|Family and the Law|
LGST 2000 will not show up in the minor area for business students. Business students take this course as part of the Business Core, and only require 16 additional hours in order to complete the minor.
LGST 1992 Directed Study (1-4 Credits)
LGST 2000 Foundations of Business Law (4 Credits)
Managerial perspective on the role of law and its relationship to business environment; emphasis on American legal system (history of law, courts and civil procedure), private law (business torts, contracts, corporate responsibilities and business ethics), and governmental intervention (constitutional law, employment law, white collar criminal law and corporate/securities law). Prerequisites: BUS 1000 and sophomore standing.
LGST 2560 The Constitution & Business (4 Credits)
Current real world issues are analyzed in the exploration of constitutional law as it relates to business and free enterprise. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 2570 Contracts for Business (4 Credits)
This course includes a comprehensive discussion of major contractual topics--including drafting and negotiation - and how they relate to legal and ethical elements of business. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 2910 Daniels Ethics Fellows I: Community Impact (2 Credits)
This course comprises the first half of the Daniels Ethics Fellows curriculum. Over ten weeks, both inside and outside of the classroom, students engage in a rigorous introduction to principle-based ethical reasoning and decision-making. The course culminates in a student-crafted ethics project that must successfully incorporate each of the eight Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative principles and positively impact their community. Along the way, students must: (1) engage in spirited classroom discussions revolving around legal cases with important ethical repercussions, (2) interact with prominent community leaders invited to present on contemporary ethical challenges, (3) collaborate to structure their ethics project on a budget (provided with Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative funds) and within class guidelines, (4) justify and defend their project progress on three occasions to an Impact Council made up of professors and community leaders, and (5) engage in a series of online quizzes designed to evaluate ethical reasoning and growth.
LGST 2920 Daniels Ethics Fellows II: Business Impact (2 Credits)
This course comprises the final half of the Daniels Ethics Fellows curriculum. Over ten weeks, both inside and outside of the classroom, students engage in a rigorous introduction to principle-based ethical reasoning and decision-making. The course culminates in a student-crafted ethics project that must successfully incorporate each of the eight Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative principles and positively impact the business community. Along the way, students must: (1) engage in spirited classroom discussions revolving around legal cases with important ethical repercussions, (2) interact with prominent business leaders invited to present on contemporary ethical challenges, (3) collaborate to structure their ethics project on a budget (provided with Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative funds) and within class guidelines, (4) justify and defend their project progress on three occasions to an Impact Council made up of professors and business leaders, and (5) engage in a serious writing assignment designed to evaluate ethical reasoning and growth.
LGST 2960 Employment Law & Ethics (4 Credits)
Designed to offer insight into important employment law issues including employment-at-will, employees privacy rights, employment discrimination and labor law. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 2992 Directed Study (1-4 Credits)
LGST 3100 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility (4 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to ethical concepts, theories and issues as they relate to business and managerial decision making. A primary focus includes topics such as employee privacy, sales responsibility, sexual harassment, discrimination, intellectual property, whistle blowing, and career/family conflicts. The course is also designed to introduce students to more general approaches or ways of thinking about ethics, and students grapple with some of the basic and fundamental problems of ethics. Cross listed with MGMT 3100. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 3510 Navigating Corporations & LLCs (4 Credits)
One of the most important decisions an entrepreneur can make is selecting a form of business entity, and it is crucial that business leaders understand the mechanical and organizational features of the entity they operate. In this course, we will explore the documents required to form a corporation and a limited liability company, as well as how each entity operates in terms of management and decision-making authority. Students will also work together to answer questions and solve problems while referencing corporate and LLC documents based on real-world examples. In this course, we will also explore how legal requirements guide and constrain the authority and discretion of corporate directors and officers. Various perspectives on governance will be presented and scrutinized. Prerequisite: LGST 2000.
LGST 3520 Legal and Ethical Issues in Purchasing a Home (4 Credits)
In this course, we will be considering some of the legal and ethical considerations that purchasers, sellers and agents face when buying or selling a home. This course will take students through the process of purchasing a home, from the initial stage of working with a real estate broker (including brokerage agreements and agency law), to submitting an offer/negotiations, understanding the contract terms, contingencies and implications, loan/financing considerations, title review, appraisal, inspections, objections and negotiations, and the closing of the purchase/sale.
LGST 3550 Topics in Business Law II (4 Credits)
Law relating to general and limited partnerships, corporations, property, securities law, professional responsibilities and related studies. Accounting students only. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 3600 Business and Global Values (4 Credits)
This course explores the current state of globalization and its impact on business. In the context of ethical and legal norms, the course will examine how formal governmental and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), pressure business and affect business strategy and decisions. The course will also examine how business can adapt to comparative values and cultures in the international system, as well as universal values, and analyze issues and cases from both idealist and realist perspectives. Students will apply analytical tools from ethics, law, and public policy in examining leading business cases on the following topics: global terrorism and political risk,.
LGST 3700 International Business Law (4 Credits)
Introduction to public international law (rights and duties of states and intergovernmental organizations) and to private international law (rights and duties of individuals, businesses and nongovernmental organizations) in international affairs. Key issues include alternative dispute resolution (ADR), privatization, intellectual property, international sales, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, trade (GATT and WTO), and the international facilities that deal with the adjudication and resolution of business and legal issues. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 3701 Topics in Legal Studies (1-4 Credits)
Exploration of various topics and issues related to business ethics and legal studies. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 3710 E-Commerce Law and Ethics (4 Credits)
Over the past 20 years, changes in technology have been dramatic and far-reaching, and navigating the future will continually challenge the business professional. This course examines the legal and ethical dimensions of online privacy, security, marketing, contracts and intellectual property. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 3720 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution in Business (4 Credits)
This course is a rigorous exploration of negotiating business deals. Students will learn to develop strategies in a variety of conflict situations. Students will work closely with the professor and each other in simulations to address negotiation challenges, engage in mediation and arbitration, and become effective masters at resolving conflict. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 3790 Entrepreneur & Family Business (4 Credits)
This course covers (1) how an individual starts a business, (2) what you must know to get a new business off the ground and moving towards success, (3) the most current issues involving the creation of value, (4) strengthening and growing family businesses through the process of adopting best practices in governance, coupled with ethical conduct, value based leadership and legal compliance. Students are moved along tracks from which they can both observe and absorb a means to insure success and longevity in operating an individually owned or family owned business. Cross listed with LGST 4790. Prerequisites: LGST 2000.
LGST 3980 Internship (1-5 Credits)
LGST 3991 Independent Study (1-8 Credits)
Independent research/study; requires written report. Prerequisites: LGST 2000 and instructor's permission.
LGST 3992 Directed Study (1-4 Credits)
John Holcomb, Professor and Department Chair, JD, Georgetown University
Corey Ciocchetti, Associate Professor, JD, Duke University
Paula Holt, Teaching Associate Professor, JD, University of Denver
R. Hutton, Professor, Emeritus, PhD, University of Florida
Bruce Klaw, Associate Professor, JD, Harvard University
Albert Kovacs, Teaching Assistant Professor, JD, Duke University
Libbi Levine Segev, Teaching Associate Professor, JD, University of Denver
Donald Mayer, Teaching Professor, JD, Duke University
Kevin O'Brien, Associate Professor, JD, University of Denver
Tricia Olsen, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison