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This issue of OnTopic focuses on faculty research in the important areas of law and ethics in the business world.

Faculty Spotlight

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Thomas Bowers

Argosy Gaming Faculty Fellow

“Teaching defines me. I love being in the classroom asking questions, getting their answers, and challenging students. Equal with that, I enjoy working with students one-on-one and in small groups. The bottom line is that I appreciate most watching them progress: improving and succeeding beyond their expectations.”

Faculty Research

  • Prenkert, Jamie D. “Censorship, Compelled Speech, and Marketing Sexually Explicit Video Games,” forthcoming Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
  • Prenkert, Jamie D.“The Role of Second-Order Uniformity in Disparate Treatment Law: McDonnell Douglas’s Longevity and the Mixed-Motives Mess,” forthcoming American Business Law Journal
  • Langvardt, Arlen W. “The Beat Should Not Go On: Resisting Early Calls for Further Extension of Copyright Duration,” 112 Penn State Law Review 783 (2008)
  • Langvardt, Arlen W., John Hill, and Anne Massey "Law, Information Technology, and Medical Errors: Toward a National Healthcare Information Network Approach to Improving Patient Care and Reducing Medical Malpractice Costs," 2007 Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy 159 (2008)

We Are Leaders in Business Law.

As one of the country’s largest and most well-respected departments of its kind, the Department of Business Law and Ethics continues Kelley’s strong business law tradition. Since the 1930s, we have been leaders in this diverse field—at the Kelley School and beyond. After all, today’s professionals can’t make sound business decisions without an understanding of their legal and ethical implications.

The Department of Business Law and Ethics has a wide reach on campus. Whether you’re a Kelley undergraduate business major, a liberal arts major interested in the legal aspects of business, or a graduate student, we are your business law resource, offering a wide range of law-related courses.

Here’s how business law can enhance your education:

  • All Kelley undergraduate business students, no matter their major, are required to take L201 Legal Environment of Business. If you want to learn more, we offer a variety of electives.
  • Kelley undergraduates can pursue a Legal Studies major. This makes a great stand-alone major and also works well in conjunction with other majors.
  • All first-year MBA students and second-year JD/MBA students are required to take the Critical Thinking course, an essential part of the MBA core, which is taught exclusively by business law faculty members. We also offer a variety of graduate-level elective courses.
  • Students in Graduate Accounting Programs take three required courses taught by business law faculty.
  • We have a strong relationship with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ Arts Administration program. Our courses are part of their certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s programs.
  • Students in IU’s Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP) take our courses, and our faculty members supervise students in IU’s Individualized Major Program.