Our mission is to equip students with the academic knowledge, problem-solving, and analytical and professional skills in the areas of business law, business ethics and real estate necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. All of our faculty are accomplished academics and licensed professionals who are committed to teaching. We are dedicated to the success of our students, and our programs are designed to prepare students for careers in business, public service and professional practice.
About the Department
The Department of Business Law offers a course of study leading to a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an option in Business Law. This program prepares students to analyze complex problems, think critically and communicate effectively, while learning the legal principles pertinent to making business decisions.
The B.S. degree in Business Administration with an option in Real Estate covers both theoretical and practical aspects of real estate and provides an academic foundation for careers in real estate. Students completing the option in Real Estate will have satisfied most of the educational requirements for the California real estate broker’s license and the real estate appraiser’s license.
In addition, the department offers a minor in Business Ethics, which allows students the opportunity to pursue studies in business ethics and corporate social responsibility and to integrate these studies into their careers.
Academic advisement helps students meet their academic goals and graduate in a timely manner. Students in the Nazarian College of Business and Economics receive targeted advisement support based on their academic level. Freshmen are advised by the Matador Advising Hub during their first year and then transition to college-level advisement. The Nazarian College Student Services Center/EOP Satellite provides advisement for continuing lower division Nazarian College majors and new transfer students, as they prepare to enroll in upper division major coursework. Additionally, Nazarian College SSC/EOP provides specialized support and retention services for students admitted to the Educational Opportunity Program. Upper division students who are currently enrolled in or have completed BUS 302/L are advised by their major’s designated Nazarian College Upper Division Mentors.
Business Law faculty are attorneys who are available to advise and counsel students who are considering law school. Real Estate faculty are practicing professionals who can provide career advice. All department faculty are available during their scheduled office hours to advise students during the semester, with assigned department faculty available during registration periods. Information regarding law school and legal careers is available on the department website. See Pre-Professional Advisement, Pre-Law in this Catalog.
The Business Law option is valuable preparation for careers in a variety of fields, including governmentally regulated industries; for example, banking, insurance, securities and real estate. It is also useful for careers in risk management, contract administration, government service, investment and finance, banking, management, legal and judicial support services, and employment relations. In addition, the option is suitable for entrepreneurs and for those planning careers in nonprofits. The Business Law Option is beneficial in a variety of careers since it is focused on the legal aspects of business decisions.
While the Real Estate option is designed for students with career interests in the various functional fields of real estate—brokerage, appraisal, finance, investment, sales, development and asset management, as well as service areas such as escrow and title insurance—the skills with which students in the option will become familiar are applicable in virtually all business fields.
The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB International accreditation.
The Business Honors Program is open to students who are declared majors in Accountancy, Economics, Information Systems, or Business Administration with an option in either Business Analytics, Business Law, Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, Global Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Risk Management and Insurance, or Systems and Operations Management, who meet all Business Honors Program admissions criteria. Students who apply and are selected for admission to the program are offered a variety of benefits; for example, priority registration, mentorship and networking opportunities, a dedicated workspace, specialized academic advisement, smaller class sizes and cohort coursework. Students who fulfill all Business Honors Program requirements will receive the Business Honors option designation on their transcript in addition to their primary degree. For more information, call (818) 677-3100 or visit the Business Honors Program website.
Scholarships and Awards
The department awards the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award to Business Law and Real Estate graduating seniors who meet rigorous scholarship standards, along with the Donald Bleich Memorial Scholarship and the David R. Lazarony Memorial Scholarship in real estate, the Business Law Faculty and Alumni Scholarship, and the Business Law Book Award to support students who are progressing toward degrees.
Career Education and Professional Development Center
The Center for Career Education and Professional Development (CEPD) is a decentralized career center in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics staffed by professionals who assist students and alumni with their experiential learning, career exploration and career networking needs. Our model is grounded in business-specific career development, experiential learning, employer relations and connections with the community.
Services provided include:
- Career coaching and personal development.
- Career exploration.
- Internship and mentorship assistance.
- Job search preparation and tools.
- Specialized programs and workshops.
For more information, call (818) 677-4697 or visit the Career Education and Professional Development website.
Department of Business Law
Chair: Kurt M. Saunders
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3121