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WELCOME TO BUSINESS LAW - BA 225 B1
9-9:50 M, W, F Harned Hall 115

Course Description:

Introduction to the American legal system (sources of law and legal process); forms of business (sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and Corporations); contract law; agency; employment law; torts; products liability; property law; wills and trusts; business ethics.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:

  • Summarize the four sources of American Law and how they relate 
  • Outline the court system and explain jurisdiction
  • Evaluate ADR
  • Distinguish intentional torts, negligence and product liability. 
  • Identify what intellectual property (IP) refers to and how IP rights are protected.
  • Compare civil vs. criminal law
  • Explain the importance of business ethics.
  • Name and discuss the 4 basic elements of an enforceable contract.
  • Examine the remedies where there is a breach of contract.
  • Compare and contrast sales law (UCC Art. 2) vs. common law contracts.
  • Identify some consumer protection laws.
  • Summarize the two basic types of negotiable instruments and why they are important to business. 
  • Describe some of the ways creditors can protect their rights.
  • Summarize the different types of bankruptcy.
  • Evaluate how employment at will has been changed by statutes.
  • Develop an understanding of entrepreneur's options, especially business forms and financing. 
  • Distinguish personal property from real property.
Instructor: Shawn T. Newman, J.D. (short bio & contact information)

Office Hours: I am available before/after class, by appointment at my office which is located in the O'Grady Library Room 219 [3rd Floor aka Thomas Room] or via email at snewman@stmartin.edu. I try to respond to emails within 24 hours. Note these etiquette tips for emailing your professor and submitting materials.

Resources:
Book: Roger Leroy Miller, Business Law Today: The Essentials, 11th Edition (2017) ISBN-13: 9781305574793 | ISBN-10: 1305574796

Links to Book - Chapter Review Power Points (opens new window) / Chapter Review Power Points (for download)

Optional (but helpful) Resource: Professor Newman's Subject Matter Index

Assessment and Grading: 900 points total
5 Exams @ 100 points/each
1 Midterm @ 100
1 Final @ 100 points
Class presentations and discussions: 100 points. The class will be divided into teams. Each team will be responsible for presenting the end of the chapter reviews. Team presentations will be evaluated by me, classmates and fellow team members. See: Link to the Review Evaluation forms below. 

Attendance: 100 points

Teaching Philosophy: My job is to help you develop legal knowledge and skills that will help you succeed in your life and career. It is your responsibility to be prepared for class and to complete all assignments on time. I do not give re-dos, mulligans or incompletes. I have listed reading assignments, exams and resources for each week. Please note that I reserve the option to modify the schedule and frequently add content to the syllabus based on current events. Classes are conducted like a business meeting. (See Expectations Power Points below). Students must have PRE-READ the material for that day's class. Come prepared to engage!

Office Hours: I am available before/after class, by appointment at my office which is located in the O'Grady Library Room 219 [3rd Floor aka Thomas Room] or via email at snewman@stmartin.edu. I try to respond to emails within 24 hours. Note these etiquette tips for emailing your professor and submitting materials.

Academic Policy: SMU Academic Policies and Procedures regarding academic dishonesty can be found in the undergraduate student catalog.

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