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Prof. Melanie Williams Named Director of RELUI
Professor Melanie Williams has been appointed by Chancellor Timothy White to serve as executive director of the CSU Real Estate and Land Use Institute (RELUI), effective July 1, 2020. Read more
Student awards and scholarships deadline extended
For a full list of available department awards and scholarships, see:
Apply for Student Awards and Scholarships
The Department of Business Law invites and encourages eligible students to apply for the following awards and scholarships: Read more
Apply for the California Association of REALTORS® Scholarship
We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2019-2020 Real Estate Scholarship competition. Read more
SUSTAINABILITY CLIMATE CHANGE & THE FUTURE
Please join us for a monumental speaker event hosted by Katherine Miller from the Conrad Hilton Foundation. Our acclaimed speakers will be covering topics including real estate, sustainability and much more! Read more
Study and Intern for a semester in our nation's capital as part of the D.C. Internship Program. Read more
George Baechtold, a longtime Professor of Business Law and former Chair of the Business Law Department, died recently. Read more
Professor Nina Golden and Business Law Students Attend the Extraordinary Women in Leadership Luncheon
Professor Nina Golden and students in her Women and the Law class attended the college’s first “Extraordinary Women in Leadership Luncheon” on Tuesday, November 19th at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood. Read more
Professor Kurt Saunders on Myths about Online Copyright Protection
In an essay included in a new book entitled, Busted! 50 Internet Myths, Professor Kurt Saunders addresses the popular misconception that content found in the Internet is free, or not protected by copyright law. Read more
The Great Cookie Comeback Screening
The Business Law Department and Beta Gamma Sigma hosted a well-attended campus screening of “The Great Cookie Comeback” on November 18th. Read more
Business Law Professor Nanci Carr Publishes Two Articles Read more
The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies is hosting a special session of the California Court of Appeal to be held here at the CSUN campus for the benefit of our students and campus community on Wednesday, October 16, from 10:00 am -12:00 noon at the Plaza del Sol auditorium at the USU. The doors will open at 9:00 am. Read more
Planning your schedule. Read more
The CSUN in DC Internship Program is an opportunity for students to live, work, and learn in Washington, D.C. for the entire Spring semester. Students earn 12-15 units during the semester which means participation can even help them to graduate on time. Students intern with members of Congress, with agencies, with non-profits, with advocacy organizations, with private firms, or with museums or embassies. There are a lot of great opportunities and we work with them to get them placed in the internship that is right for their goals and plans. We also have funds available to help subsidize the costs for students so if they want to do this but are worried about the cost, they should come learn more because we can help them to make it work financially! Read more
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
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