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Business Prelaw Major (B.B.A.)

Program Overview

There is no doubt that the business environment is becoming more complex as the years pass. One significant complexity is the dramatic increase in the number of regulations and the numerous legal actions arising from them. The success of future business leaders is dependent upon the recognition of potential legal concerns before they arise or the effective handling of legal concerns that have arisen before legal action ensues. To be successful in today's business world, it is imperative that students have a working knowledge of the fundamental concepts of business law and regulation so that they can effectively manage their businesses in a fashion that optimizes legal risk. The business pre-law co-major provides students with this knowledge.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements and admission to the College of Business.

Change of Program Policy

The College of Business allows 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 requirements differ for students at the end of their freshmen year and students in their sophomore and junior years. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements and the requirements to successfully transfer into the College of Business.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Business law competency makes students more marketable, no matter the business discipline. From top managers to international practitioners, legal astuteness is in demand as a valuable commodity. For example, legal issues occupy up to 25 percent of a CEO's available time. In one survey, sixty-nine percent of CFOs have indicated that "global regulatory requirements" will be required for the professionals of the future. Compliance Officer positions are experiencing a high growth rate, prompting the Wall Street Journal to call the compliance market a "hiring spree" and a "battle royal for talent." A blossoming risk management industry has driven the need for positions in contract and regulatory risk management as well as holistic enterprise risk management.

Students with a well-developed competency in business law will produce graduates that will be superior candidates to those without such training. Companies will highly value these candidates in their search for top talent. The business pre-law co-major delivers valuable legal astuteness that generates graduates who are in demand.


Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details

Bachelor of Business Administration


College of Business 
Copeland Hall 214
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.2042

Administrative Contact

Robert Foehl, contact person