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Legal Environment of Business

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General Course Description: BUS 120

Fundamental legal principles pertaining to business transactions.  Introduction to the law as an instrument of social and political control in society.  Topics include sources of law and ethics, contracts, torts, agency, judicial and administrative processes, employment law, forms of business organizations, and domestic and international governmental regulations.

Minimum Units: 3.0

Any rationale or comment: Commonly Required. Essential preparation.  18 CSU’s require a Bus Law/Legal Environment course for major prep.

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Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach

None

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Analyze cases. Identify issues and apply the appropriate legal rules to the fact patterns to reach defensible legal conclusions (IRAC).
  • Perform legal research, to include evaluating and interpreting a court citation and locating a court case on an assigned topic.
  • Compare and contrast the theories of jurisprudence and the classifications of law.
  • Categorize the types of government agencies, powers and functions, controls through congressional action, executive action, and the courts.
  • Differentiate the relationship between state and federal systems, jurisdiction of courts, the interaction between business managers and lawyers, and the importance of alternate dispute resolution methods.
  • Demonstrate how cases progress through the court system from problem, to filing, to trial, and appeal.
  • Describe the constitutional basis for federal government regulation of business, including limits of government power.
  • Appraise the relationship between law and ethics.
  • Describe the various agency relationships and the duties and liabilities of agents and principals as the foundation of partnerships and corporations.
  • Distinguish between torts and crimes and describe the purpose of criminal and tort law.
  • Evaluate when a promise is enforceable, the elements of a contract, performance, and remedies available in the event of breach.
  • Distinguish between contracts governed by the Uniform Commercial Code and those governed by the common law of contracts.
  • Explain a corporation’s legal structure and differentiate it from other forms of business organization, the meaning of limited liability for the owners; describe the relationship of the various stakeholders.
  • Describe the Constitutional basis for federal governmental regulation of business, including limits of government power.
  • Describe the major federal acts that pertain to antitrust, securities regulation, employment law, and environmental law.
  • Compare and contrast state and federal regulation.
  • Differentiate between the application of domestic and international legal principles.

Assessment

  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Comprehensive final examination
  • Case brief submission
  • Papers (IRAC)

Other Information

None

Course Resources

  • Advanced Business Law and the Legal Environment
    The Mayer, Warner, Siedel and Lieberman Advanced Business Law and the Legal Environment textbook is an up-to-date... More
  • Foundations of Business Law and the Legal Environment
    Foundations of Business Law and the Legal Environment is an up-to-date textbook with comprehensive coverage of legal and... More
  • Business Law and the Legal Environment
    Business Law and the Legal Environment (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Our goal is to provide students with a textbook that is up to date and comprehensive in its coverage of legal and... More
  • The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 1.0
    This book streamlines the presentation of material to ensure that every page is relevant, engaging, and interesting to... More
  • The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
    The Legal Environment of Business is an up-to-date textbook with comprehensive coverage of legal and regulatory issues... More
  • The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, v. 2.0
    NOTE: This version 2.0 is available to students for a charge of $24 or $49. Version 1.0 is available for free at:... More
  • Law for Business Students
    Law for Business Students (Open (Access) Textbook)
    All business jurisdictions operate on a legal structure, and share the basic principles set out in this book. Particular... More