This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of some of the vital legal concepts that affect commerce and trade, after first gaining some familiarity with how laws are created and interpreted. Students will then be introduced to the types of businesses that can be created to engage in commerce as well as the contractual and liability considerations that can impact a business. Laws that affect how a business is regulated will also be reviewed, particularly the impact of administrative rules and regulations on a business. Global commerce and international agreements, treaties, organizations, and courts that can affect business will be discussed to get a better sense of what it means to "go global" with a business.
Consumer and environmental protections will be explained as well as bankruptcy options, should a business go insolvent. Lastly, no business exists without experiencing some kind of dispute or another, and so we will review the options that exist for dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution to provide a better understanding of how best to deal with such matters.
- Develop a general overview of the legal system in the United States.
- Understand the types of businesses and corporations that exist.
- Develop insight into the formation of contracts.
- Learn about torts and liability considerations regarding torts.
- Develop an understanding of ethics and civil and criminal procedures.
- Develop an appreciation of the administrative law process along with the Commerce Clause and its effect on employment law.
- Comprehend the information about intellectual property law and e-commerce.
- Understand the global picture of international agreements and sources of international law, international trade, the UN and key organs and commissions, and the international courts created by treaties.
- Gain insight into consumer, environmental, and bankruptcy laws that can affect an individual and his or her business.
- Learn how to resolve disputes that may arise in the transaction of business through traditional or alternative means.
While there are no formal requirements for this course, it is important to understand that this is a challenging course requiring your best critical-thinking skills. The ability to conduct research, make lateral connections, and consider options not clearly outlined is a function of those who successfully practice the law. This course uses scenarios and case studies to apply the concepts offered and encourages creative (but legal and ethical) thinking. For the student who is considering a career in the law, this course is a good primer.