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Maria Boss

Continuing Lecturer of Accounting
“It is important to me that students understand that, while the law is often complex, it is also very reasonable. Once that is recognized, so much of what I teach is very straightforward.”
(310) 206-8711
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Law
  • Law


Maria Boss began teaching at UCLA Anderson as a lecturer during summer session in 1995.  Since that time, she has taught MGMT 108 (Business Law) during summer sessions and during the regular academic year.

In addition to teaching at UCLA, Boss began as a professor of business law in 1987 at California State University, Los Angeles, where she taught courses in business ethics and government and society for the Management Department, as well as business law in the Department of Finance, Law, and Real Estate.  She received the Cal State LA University Outstanding Professor Award and the Cal State LA Distinguished Woman Award.  She has served as chair of the Finance, Law, and Real Estate Department.  She is now Professor Emeritus at Cal State LA.

Boss has always considered herself a teacher.  “Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a high school and middle school English teacher for four and a half years.  I was very happy when I had the opportunity to combine teaching and law.”

Before joining the faculty at Cal State LA, Boss practiced corporate transactional law in Los Angeles for eleven years and represented management in employment issues.  One of her Title VII cases went to the US Supreme Court, where she has been admitted to practice since 1980.

She has written articles for twelve publications and presented papers to more than 25 academic conferences.  Her research has focused on corporate governance, insider trading, hedge fund regulation, and employment discrimination.  She served as a grader for the California Bar Exam.

Boss has served as a thesis advisor for two pre-law students at Cal State LA.  She supervised MGMT 189HC for two of her former MGMT 108 students and jointly presented their papers at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conferences in Portland, Oregon in 2017, and in Montreal, Canada in 2018.


J. D., 1974, UC Law, San Francisco

B.A., English and Political Science, 1965, UC Davis


Publications and Presentations

"The Opaque and Under-Regulated Hedge Fund Industry: Victim or Culprit in the Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis?" (B. George, L. Dymally, and M.K. Boss) NYU Journal of Law & Business, Spring 2009.

"Effect of the Sub-prime Loan Crisis on the Hedge Fund Industry: Pressure for Regulation of Hedge Funds Increases with the Implosion of Bear Stearns," (B. George, M.K. Boss, L. Dymally) Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, Long Beach, CA, August 2008.

"Misconduct Thrives in the Unregulated Hedge Fund Industry in the U.S.: Is a Rise in Insider Trading Inevitable?" (B. George and M.K. Boss), Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference, Indianapolis, IN, August 2007.

"The Evolution of the Business Judgment Rule in Delaware and Elsewhere in the Years After Smith v. Van Gorkom;" Portland, Oregon, August 2018.

"Policy, Players, and Punishment: Tracing the 2008 Financial Crisis;" Montreal, Canada; August 2019.