Maria Boss began teaching at UCLA Anderson as a lecturer during summer session in 1990. Since that time, she has taught MGMT 108 (Business Law) during summer sessions and the regular academic year.
In addition to teaching at UCLA, Boss has been professor of business law since 1987 at California State University, Los Angeles, where she teaches courses in business ethics, government and society for the Management Department, as well as business law in the Finance, Law and Real Estate Department. She received the Cal State L.A. University Outstanding Professor Award and the Cal State L.A. Distinguished Woman Award. She has served as the chair of the Finance, Law and Real Estate Department.
Boss has always considered herself a teacher. "Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a high school and middle school English teacher," she says. "I was very happy when I had the opportunity to combine teaching and law."
Before joining the faculty at Cal State L.A., Boss practiced corporate transactional law in Los Angeles for 11 years and represented management in employment issues. One of her Title VII cases went to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she has been admitted to practice since 1980.
Boss has written articles for 12 publications and presented papers to more than 25 academic conferences. Her research interests have focused on corporate governance, insider trading, hedge fund regulation and employment discrimination. She served as a grader for the California Bar Exam.
She has served as a thesis advisor for students in the Cal State L.A. honors department, two of whom who are majoring in pre-law. She presented papers at the Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Palm Springs in 2015 and 2016. Two of her students completed a MGMT 199 (Directed Research) with Boss, which was presented at the annual conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Portland, Oregon in August 2018 and again in Montreal, Canada in August 2019.