Department Information

Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
600 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340
Phone: (215) 898-7689
Fax:     (215) 573-2006

The Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department is the Wharton School’s base for scholarship and teaching at the intersection of law, ethics, and business.

With twenty-three standing faculty, the Department is the largest department of its kind at any business school in the United States. In terms of research productivity, the Department is consistently ranked by national publications as the top-rated legal studies and business ethics faculty in the United States and it rivals the business and commercial law faculties at many of the nation’s best law schools.

The Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department is the center for non-professional legal and business ethics education at the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania generally. Its course offerings are among the University’s most popular at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department is committed to excellence in teaching and instruction, and Legal Studies & Business Ethics faculty consistently win the highest awards for teaching excellence offered by both the Wharton School and the University.

The department’s work reflects several major areas of interest:

Business Law involves contracts, corporate law, international commercial transactions, environmental law, securities regulation, employment law and the legal issues surrounding such fields as technology, sports and entertainment, entrepreneurship, real estate, and health care.

Business Ethics examines how business entities and individuals can better serve their own and society’s interests through the observance and promotion of ethical, moral and social values. The department also engages in significant research and teaching activities in negotiation, law and philosophy, and international legal issues.