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Giese, Willis E.||Nowik, Francis J.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Management


Business law--United States--Study and teaching


This study examined the nature of business law programs and the status of the business law professor of institutions belonging to the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Data was gathered by sending a questionnaire to each of the deans of the 140 AACSB colleges of business. A total of 103 institutions responded, of which 92 were used in this study. The study was divided into two sections; the first examined the basic structure of the business law curriculum. This part of the study indicated that, contrary to the recommendations of the Gordon-Howell and Pierson Reports (1959), business law courses are still being taught in the traditional fashion. The data indicated that 59 percent of the respondents either completely maintain a traditional approach or use a combination of the traditional and general structure. Only 22 percent stated that the approach, as recommended by the Gordon-Howell and Pierson Reports, was exclusively used; 10 percent stated that they used only the traditional approach. Other conclusions drawn from the data are: - The respondents believed that business law curriculum offerings would show a slight increase in the near future. - Concerning the organizational structure, the data indicated that business law courses are most often found in the management department (33.8 percent). The second part of the study was designed to determine the status that the business law professor possessed within the academic community. A total of 229 business law professors were examined in the study. The data indicated that 55 percent of the respondents considered the JD degree a "terminal degree" for evaluating professors for promotions and salary increases. The study further showed that at all levels of rank, the degree most frequently held by business law professors was the JD degree. A prime area of concern was the determination of the academic degrees, salary, and rank of business law professors. The following table summarizes the findings.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [68]-75)


ix, 90 pages




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