Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Business Law. For BSBA Business Law students, our mission is to equip students with the academic knowledge, problem solving, 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 attorneys who are committed to teaching. We are dedicated to the success of our students, and our program is designed to prepare students for careers in business, public service and professional practice.
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When exam time arrives, it’s not uncommon to see students gather in groups in the hallways of CSUN campus buildings or at the Delmar T. Oviatt Library for last-minute cram sessions. Throughout the semester, students may have questions about a quiz or may not understand the homework. Thankfully, peer tutors are there to help.
“Students feel less intimidated asking questions from a peer than asking a professor,” Williams said. “Such self-disclosure can lead to more opportunities for teachers to provide meaningful help.” Read more
Every year, a handful of students get special recognition for their outstanding academic achievement in their major or minor. We appreciate, celebrate and honor these students: Business Law majors: Amy Barnes, Binuri Fonseka, Nazaneen Iravani, Jordan Khajerian, Andrea Magana, Max Moshkovich, Michael Shaheen, and Kamilia Torres. Real Estate Major: Stephanie Villa. Business Law minors: Thania Fuentes, Solair Kharadjian, Stephanie Lamb, Tyler Lofftus, Caitlin Murphy, & Noam Namir. Real Estate minors: Laurie Abbou & Kyle Waldrop. Read more
A recent study by CSUN Professors Ray Calnan, Deborah Cours and Melanie Stallings Williams shows how to enrich real estate programs by incorporating student consulting projects. Read more
It’s a problem we’ve all faced: too many cups and too few cupholders. The solution came from Real Estate student Stephanie Villa along with her team, business students Bretiel Danipour, Jenna Flynn and Tammy Nguyen who developed an adjustable tray that molds to the shape of your car seat. Their invention won first place and the audience choice prize at CSUN’s Bull Ring New Venture Competition hosted by the David Nazarian College of Business & Economics’ Entrepreneurship Program.
Read more at http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/business/nospill-tray-for-delivery-drivers-captures-bull-ring-grand-prize/ Read more
In a case of unlawful collusion among some of the world's largest private equity firms, Professor & Chair Melanie Stallings Williams co-authored a paper where economists, using auction theory, showed that antitrust violations cost shareholders $12 billion. http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/economists-use-auction-theory-to-show-private-equity-firms-rigged-the-bidding-in-leveraged-buyouts-at-expense-of-shareholders/ Read more
Professor Melanie Stallings Williams co-authored an article, “Masters of the Universe: Bid Rigging By Private Equity Firms in Multibillion Dollar LBOs,” for the University of Cincinnati Law Review that throws the spotlight on a rare class-action lawsuit in which the plaintiffs – shareholders in companies purchased – demonstrated that some of the world’s largest private equity firms unlawfully colluded to ensure that they held down prices on the companies they were bidding to buy.
“I don’t think people realize that when this happens, it’s our money, yours and mine, that’s involved,” Williams said. “Yes, some of the shareholders are monied people, but some of the shareholders are retirement funds and the type of mutual funds that your grandmother owns. These aren’t just rich people they are taking advantage of. It’s you, me and the people we care about.” Read more
With its genesis as a classroom exercise, More Than an Academic Question: Defining Student Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights has been published in the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. Read more
Beginning Spring, 2019, RE 420 replaces FIN 433 Real Estate Finance. Read more
Bet Tzedek welcomes students interested in academic externships as well as unpaid internships and work study. Read more
Planning your schedule. Read more