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Business Law

This collection contains the Affordable Learning Solution for the Southern University System (AL$4SUS) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Business Law (common course-id BUS 125) ), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the  the Southern University Online Library for Education (SUOLforEd).  

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General Course Description: BUS 125

Fundamental legal principles pertaining to business transactions.  Introduction to the legal process.   Topics include sources of law and ethics, contracts, torts, agency, criminal law, business organizations, and judicial and administrative processes.

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.


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the historical development of the law, operation of the court system and sources of commercial law.
  • Explain the social, political and ethical implications of the law and their application to actual and hypothetical business transactions.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Analyze cases. Identify issues and apply the appropriate legal rules to the fact patterns to reach defensible legal conclusions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize the internet to research legal issues and utilize other computer skills to enhance effective business communications and presentations through the use of appropriate business and legal terminology. Analyze whether a source is a reliable source for legal information.
  • Perform legal research, to include evaluating and interpreting a court citation and locating a court case on an assigned topic.
  • 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, and the importance of alternate dispute resolution methods to the participants
  • Demonstrate how cases progress through the court system from problem, to filing, to trial, and appeal.
  • Appraise the relationship between law and ethics.
  • Describe the various agency relationships and the duties and liabilities of agents and principals.
  • Describe the Constitutional basis for federal governmental regulation of business, including limits of government power.
  • 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.


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

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Course Resources

  • Advanced Business Law and the Legal Environment
    Advanced Business Law and the Legal Environment is an up-to-date textbook with coverage of legal and regulatory issues... 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
  • The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 1.0
    The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business is a book for today’s student, who expects learning to be comprised not... More