May 07, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

Business Prelaw Major (B.B.A.)


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Major code BB6120

College of Business
Copeland Hall 401
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.2060
www.cob.ohio.edu

Sheree Lucas, contact person

Program Overview

While law schools do not prescribe any rigid undergraduate curriculum, a substantial number of prelaw students choose one of the business fields of study as their major for the baccalaureate degree. You might wish to combine the business prelaw major with one of the other majors in the College of Business if the profession of law is your ultimate career goal.

The business prelaw major recognizes the business and economic emphasis of the practice of law and also provides the breadth of training and philosophical background that is conducive to success in law school.

Admissions Information

Admissions Information

Enrollment Policies

Freshman Policy

Freshmen will be admitted to the College on a selective basis. Normally, students are in the top 20 percent of their high school class, with a strong college preparatory curriculum. They are expected to have above-average ACT or SAT scores and also have demonstrated leadership potential through participation in extracurricular activities or work experience. Members of groups that are historically underrepresented in business will receive special consideration.

Transfer Policy

Any student considering transfer to the College of Business is strongly encouraged to contact the College’s Office of Student Services as early as possible. They must be enrolled in the College before their senior year to allow for the College’s 48-hour residency requirement. They must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree at Ohio University.

Transferring From Within Ohio University
The College of Business allows a limited number of students from other Ohio University academic colleges to apply for transfer into the College of Business. It should be noted that the transfer process differs for students at the end of their freshmen years and students at the end of their sophomore and junior years. These transfer requirements are routinely implemented but, the College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.

Transferring Into the College of Business AT THE END OF THE FRESHMAN YEAR: Applications will be accepted annually at the end of the freshman year. There are two conditions under which such students will be transferred into the College of Business:

  1. You have an accumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 and have completed ECON 103 , ECON 104 , MATH 163A , and ENG 151  or ENG 151A  and any two courses from any combination of the following five areas; HIST or PHIL or POLS or PSY or SOC
  2. You have an accumulative GPA of no less than 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA or higher in ECON 103 , ECON 104 , MATH 163A , and ENG 151  or ENG 151A  and any two courses from any combination of the following five areas; HIST or PHIL or POLS or PSY or SOC.

Online applications for transfer into the College will be accepted from freshmen during the month of May at the following URL: http://www.cob.ohiou.edu/transferapplication. The College admissions committee reviews applications at the close of spring quarter. All applicants will be notified of the final transfer decision by mail around July 15. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.

Transferring Into the College of Business DURING THE SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR YEARS: Applications will be accepted quarterly from sophomores and juniors who have met either of the following conditions:

  1. You have an accumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 and have completed ECON 103 , ECON 104 , MATH 163A , and ENG 151  or ENG 151A  and any two courses from any combination of the following five areas; HIST or PHIL or POLS or PSY or SOC
  2. You have an accumulative GPA of no less than 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA or higher in  ECON 103 , ECON 104 , MATH 163A , and ENG 151  or  ENG 151A  and any two courses from any combination of the following five areas; HIST or PHIL or POLS or PSY or SOC
  3. Residency Requirement
    You must be enrolled in the College before your senior year to allow for the College of Business 48-hour residency requirement. You must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree at Ohio University.

The Sophomore/Junior Transfer Application
Sophomores and juniors may pick up a transfer application at Copeland Hall 214 any time during the quarter. Final transfer decisions will be made as soon as possible during the quarter. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.

Advising-Based Course Required for All Transfer Students
A one-credit-hour course, “Introduction to the College of Business for Transfer Students” (currently numbered B A 497 ) is required for all transfer students as a substitute for B A 100A  and B A 100B . The course must be taken the first quarter of College of Business enrollment. It is a seminar course in which all instruction is given in one day with several assignments due by the end of the quarter. Students whose transfer applications are accepted will be instructed on how to register for this course.

Transferring Into the College of Business From Outside Ohio University
Admission to the College of Business from an educational institution outside of Ohio University is selective. Application is made through the Ohio University Office of Admissions. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have completed courses equivalent to each of the following four courses:ECON 103 , ECON 104 , MATH 163A , and ENG 151 . They must also have a minimum accumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from the transferring institution.

To transfer from another university, submit the standard documents required by the Office of Admissions. You will be notified as early as possible of the admission decision. 

Opportunities After Graduation

The business prelaw major recognizes the business and economic emphasis of the practice of law and also provides the breadth of training and philosophical background that is conducive to success in law school.

Requirements

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Business


View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Business.  

Program Requirements


You must complete the requirements for the business prelaw major in conjunction with the requirements for one of the other business majors, which include accounting, business economics, finance, general business, management and strategic leadership, management information systems, and marketing.

Major courses required of all business prelaw majors


In addition to following the requirements of one of the other majors in the College of Business, you must complete 16 hours at the 300-400 level.

  • Four hours in business law beyond BUSL 356

Complete 8 hours from the following:


(You may request from your advisor written permission to substitute a course different from those listed below.) With your advisor’s approval, you should select additional courses in nonbusiness fields (especially American government, American and English history, English, philosophy, communication studies) and in business fields, such as finance.

College of Business law faculty is prepared to assist prelaw students in a number of ways


  1. Several faculty members give extensive time to counseling students regarding selection of courses, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), law school application procedures, and other matters of importance to prelegal education.
  2. LSAT and Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) information is available from the prelaw advisor.
  3. The department maintains ties with the Criminal Justice program administered by University College.
  4. The department maintains ties with faculty and staff at various law schools in the country.

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