Business law impacts all vital corporate operations – from contracts, transactions, bankruptcy, and taxation to banking, trade regulation, competition, finance, and intellectual property. Given the importance of these functions for conducting business on a regional, national or international scale, organizations are placing added value on individuals who can bring their advanced business law skill set to the table.
For professionals with career paths oriented toward business law, human resources, risk management, compliance, and administrative law and regulation, Valparaiso University Law School’s MPSL Program offers a Business Law concentration.
Designed to meet the hectic schedules of busy professionals, the program will be taught during late afternoons and evenings at our Chicago campus in Hyde Park. For added flexibility, the course curriculum is offered through a combination of classroom and online instruction. Graduates of the program will be able to identify and analyze legal issues within the workplace through a solid foundation in legal doctrines and concepts, appropriate for a non-practitioner.
Courses in risk management, business associations, regulation, compliance, employment issues, and ethics, along with a wide variety of elective courses, will prepare graduates to take on greater leadership roles within their own organization or to move on to a new job. Special focus in the program is placed on the ability to articulate ideas and concepts in writing and through oral presentations.
Course of Study
Students are required to take 28 credits for graduation. Below are the required Introductory, Core, and Specialization classes and the Electives that students may choose to round out their program. All students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study to complete the program in a timely fashion.
|Course Number and Title||Credits / Course|
|Intro (3)||MPSL 500 – The Legal Profession||1|
|MPSL 501 – Introduction to American Law||2|
|Core (6)||MPSL 510 – Basic Legal Skills – Research||2|
|MPSL 511 – Basic Legal Skills – Writing||2|
|MPSL 512 – Ethics and Social Responsibility||2|
|Business Law (10)||MPSL 630 – Business Organizations||3|
|MPSL 631 – Contracts||2|
|MPSL 632 – Issues in Employment Law||3|
|MPSL 633 – Risk Management||2|
|Electives (7)||MPSL 520 – Applied Negotiation Skills||1|
|MPSL 521 – Criminal Forensics Survey||2|
|MPSL 522 – White Collar Crime||2|
|MPSL 523 – Sentencing and Appeals||2|
|MPSL 524 – Basic Insurance Law||2|
|MPSL 525 – Managing and Analyzing Health Care Information||3|
|MPSL 526 – Legal Issues of the Aging Population||2|
|MPSL 527 – The Unionized Workforce||2|
|MPSL 528 – Introduction to Employee Benefits||2|
|MPSL 529 – Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring||3|
|MPSL 530 – Financial Administrative Law||2|
|MPSL 531 – Regulation of Intellectual Property||2|
|Cap (2)||MPSL 650 – Capstone||2|
Electives not included in the initial MPSL catalog:
Contemporary Legal Issues – 2 Credits
Environmental Law and Policy – 3 Credits
The Legislative Process – 3 Credits
Arbitration Skills (Included in The Unionized Workforce) – 2 Credits
Special Topics in Elder Law – 2 Credits
If you are looking to move your career forward or want a better grasp of the strategic value of business law as it applies to companies operating in the global economy, Valparaiso University Law School is the place where you can align your professional goals with your future success.
The program has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Higher Education, the MPSL Program will operate under the umbrella of Valparaiso University Law School, with close collaboration with Valparaiso University Graduate School.