Legal Studies in Business Major

Legal risk and compliance, ethical decision-making, consumer rights, client trust—every aspect of business decision-making and operations is affected by legal considerations. When you major in legal studies in business, you become an integral part of any business team.

The commercial legal environment covers a wide range of business law topics, including:

  • Intellectual property law
  • Real estate law
  • Administrative and regulatory law
  • Creditor and debtor law
  • Legal research and analysis
  • Real estate transactions
  • Civil litigation and dispute resolution
  • Ethics and the law

While Bachelor of Commerce graduates may apply to the law school of their choice, this major is not part of any law school curriculum or considered preparation for law school course work.

As an aspiring lawyer, I am motivated to reduce inequities because I believe in fairness and justice.
Abhijeet Singh, Legal Studies in Business, alumni

What to expect

In the first two years of the Bachelor of Commerce, you learn the principles that shape general business decisions. As you progress through the program, you gain the knowledge and skills you need to ensure businesses and organizations comply with regulatory and legal requirements, thereby building client trust and a strong reputation. In your third year, you take required foundational courses and gain practical legal knowledge regarding a range of commercial transactions, such as financing transactions, employment and services contracts, consumer transactions, international business transactions, real estate transactions, leases, mortgages and shareholder agreements.

In the final year of the program, you delve more deeply into an area of particular interest, such as intellectual property law or Indigenous business relations, or you can conduct independent or applied research with one of your professors.

Your future

Managers and entrepreneurs are looking for employees who can help them understand, navigate and manage the legal and ethical aspects of a business. With a legal studies in business major, you can to do just that.


Throughout the program, you build on or develop your ability to:

  • Think critically
  • Reason logically
  • Lead strategically
  • Communicate complex ideas clearly and articulately

As well, you possess a solid working knowledge of all major legal topics and are able to:

  • Conduct legal research to substantiate legal opinions
  • Structure operations to remain in compliance with best practice
  • Recognize when your business needs to engage external legal expertise

With a legal studies in business major, you can apply for a wide range of positions, including:

  • Bank manager/supervisor/loans officer
  • Commercial real estate agent
  • Contract specialist: negotiation, administration and management
  • Trade specialist
  • Customs broker
  • Employment standards officer
  • Land/real estate developer
  • Mortgage underwriter
  • Policy development administrator
  • Property manager, lease contract manager
  • Risk analyst/manager
  • Workers’ compensation agent/representative

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Courses & Requirements
Check the academic calendar to find the courses you need to take and the requirements you must fulfill to complete your program.
Academic Calendar
Academic advising
This program of study is open to students in the Bachelor of Commerce. Courses for your major, minor or Honours discipline are only one component of your degree. Academic advisors in the School of Business have prepared program planning resources to help you understand degree requirements.