|Dr. J. Michael Bernstein|
|LAW 300 - Legal Environment of Business|
|Spring Quarter 2007|
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The course title, The Legal Environment of Business, is meant to convey a different emphasis than that found in traditional business law courses. In this course, additional attention is given to public and regulatory law topics with coverage of contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Law is identified as changing and dynamic and throughout the course attention is directed to the social, economic, and political forces which shape law. While attention is given to the understanding of legal rules, an emphasis is placed on understanding the forces which produce the law and shape the legal environment in which businesses operate in the United States.
The nature of what is meant by law is explored first, followed by an investigation into how civil disputes are resolved in court and alternative dispute resolution systems. Next, the course explores the three sources of law, which are relevant to U.S. business: common law, statutes, and administrative law. The substantive law of business crimes and torts is covered next. Through out the course, the law of contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, employment law, and the different forms of business organizations are discussed.
The material covered in this course provides the legal foundation for all future law courses and especially Management 493. The course objectives are: