Graduate Law Courses


LA 701 Business Law (3 credits)

Deals with the laws pertaining to business associations, such as partnerships (limited and general), corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and limited partnerships, franchises and joint ventures. Topics include the law of contracts and agency as they relate to business associations. Discussion also focuses on the international applications of these laws. Students develop a comprehensive working knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code as it relates to the law of sales, commercial paper (including the impact on the law of banking) and secured transactions. Leading case decisions as well as statutory law such as the Uniform Partnership Act, Uniform Limited Partnership Act, and the Uniform Commercial Code are examined.

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LA 715 International Business Law (3 credits)

Examines the impact of law on international business transactions. Readings and discussions focus on four areas: the general international legal environment (including litigation and dispute settlement), the international sales transaction, trade law, and regulation in the international marketplace. The three basic forms of doing business (trade, licensing and investment) are analyzed in an international context. Comparisons in national legal environments are noted. Legal and business cases are used for class discussions.

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LA 720 Law and Ethics (3 credits)

Today managers are expected to make decisions that comply with legal principles and ethical theories. This course is designed to increase manager awareness of legal and regulatory controls that impact their business dealings with government agencies, consumers, employees, competitors, investors, and the general public. Using a review of court cases, business case examples, and ethical readings, the course will help managers to identify and deal with major legal issues, to avoid potential legal liability, and to maintain ethical integrity in a competitive global marketplace. Topics will include applied ethics, business torts and crimes, consumer protection, product liability, equal employment opportunity, securities regulation, and antitrust law.

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LA 725 Cyberlaw (3 credits)

Electronic commerce has changed the laws relative to doing business in the online environment. This course will discuss and explain the latest cyberlaws that have developed by court decision, federal statutes and administrative rulings. Its major focus will be on such legal topics as online privacy policies relative to company e-mail, database information, and business computer use. Trademarks and copyright online protection will be discussed, including the new Federal Trademark Dilution Act and its protection against domain name infringements. Taxation on online sales and transactions and the Internet Tax Freedom Act will be explained and discussed. Defamation of character on a company bulletin board service will be discussed as well as other legal issues relative to a commercial web site. The course will analyze a number of web sites from a legal perspective to include the liability of the Internet service provider, the web site vendor, third-party subscribers, and end-user consumers

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LA 730 Real Estate Law (3 credits)

This course will discuss and explain the latest trends in real estate law applicable to the management and development of real estate. It will examine the legal and ethical issues confronted by the manager/developer of small residential projects as well as large commercial projects. Students with no previous experience in real estate law will study basic principles and then expand that study to see how these principles impact the constantly changing real estate world. Topics to be explored include: residential and commercial leasing, security deposit issues, zoning law, environmental issues, and historic and green space issues facing the modern day developer. We will also take a look at condominium conversion including its impact on the residential leasing market and how best to mesh the two potentially competing interests.

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