Title

Integrating Law Into an Integrated MBA Program: The Experience of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College

Publication

Journal of Legal Studies Education

DOI*

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-1722.1996.tb00331.x

Abstract

During the 1993-94 academic year, Babson College offered the integrated first year of its new MBA program for the first time. The program contains four modules of business development rather than the individual business discipline courses that are the building blocks of traditional MBA programs. Instructors from several disciplines teach in each module, offering their perspective on the issues and problems being examined in the module. While most of the sessions are done in separate, but coordinated classes, occasionally faculty from two or more disciplines team teach joint sessions.

There is little doubt that Babson’s new MBA program has attracted a great deal of interest. Admission applications have soared for the two year program from 525 in 1991 and 556 in 1992 to new program application of 627 in 1993 and a record 713 in 1994. Section size of about 40 students in the first year increased to 50 in the second year. Articles describing or referring to Babson’s innovative program are plentiful in the national press. The new curriculum also was instrumental in obtaining a $30 million grant causing the school to be renamed the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Further, a number of nationally recognized business schools are undergoing curriculum revisions similar to the Babson effort.

This article discusses the integration of legal topics into the program and describes the substantive legal content of this new program. It compares the legal coverage in this program to traditional Business Law and Legal Environment courses. Finally, it offers suggestions for the improvement of Babson’s program and for other business law faculty whose schools are considering integration.

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Law

Recommended Citation

Mandel, Richard P., Ross D. Petty and Toni Lester. 1996. “Integrating Law Into an Integrated MBA Program: The Experience of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.” Journal of Legal Studies Education 14, no. 1: 17-34.

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