Undergraduate Law Courses

The Department of Law has courses designed to acquaint students with the legal and ethical consequences of their business decisions. The choice of law courses provides Bentley undergraduates with the necessary knowledge to function as ethically responsible business leaders in an ever-expanding complex business technology environment.

Courses

LA 101 Law and Society (3 credits)

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

Introduces the subject of law and the social order; illustrates how changes in our laws reflect changes in society. Includes treatment of the basis and theory of the legal order and legal institutions. Uses lecture, case and class discussion method as well as the legal approach in solving contemporary social problems. Discusses and debates such issues as privacy rights, sexual harassment, DNA testing, pornography, drug use testing, right-to-die legislation, and abortion. Students will identify legal and ethical issues as they relate to the topics discussed. Alternative social arrangements will be proposed within our constitutional framework.

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LA 102 Environmental Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

This course will discuss the origins, history and trends that have evolved in environmental law. It will explore the basic legal and ethical issues related to environmental law with major emphasis on how these issues, and the applicable laws, past and present, impact the business and personal environments. The course will focus on relevant statutes and laws at the federal, state and local levels of government. Important federal and state case decisions will also be discussed. The course will attempt to put into perspective the extent of the impact environmental laws have on society and business as the attempt to protect and preserve the environment from the effects of global warming and other threats continue to be a major concern to life as we know it.

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LA 103 Consumer Law (3 credits)

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

Acquaints the student with current federal and state consumer protection statutes. Deals with individual consumer grievances by discussing false and misleading advertising and the legal effect of written and implied warranties. Addresses the unfair treatment of minors and incompetent consumers. Examines the legal impact of insurance practices as it pertains to health care and property protection of consumers. Focuses on the law pertaining to current consumer credit problems such as credit card liability, unfair credit billing practices as well as illegal debt collection methods used by creditors. Highlights bankruptcy laws, particularly consumer debt adjustment programs. Covers legal remedies available to consumers through case and class discussion.

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LA 104 Gender and the Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

Explores the law both as a force in maintaining the second-class citizenship of women and as a tool in dismantling gender discrimination throughout society. Examines ways in which the law, in the name of patriarchy and protection of women, has been unfair to men. Reviews legal milestones in women's history whereby women gained such rights as the right to vote, to serve as jurors, to serve in the military. Studies the evolution of law as a tool for empowerment of women from early caselaw through modern statutes that seek to prevent gender discrimination in such societal arenas as the workplace, education, and health care. Addresses what many believe is the failure of the legal system to adequately handle areas in which women arguably have unique needs, by examining such topics as the laws surrounding pregnancy, rape and domestic violence.  D

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LA 105 Race and the Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

Examines the role of the law both as a force in maintaining the second-class citizenship of racial minorities and as a tool in dismantling racial discrimination throughout society. Considers the law as an instrument of oppression of racial minorities through historical reviews of laws and court decisions that have treated whites and non-whites differently; examines legal efforts to liberate and empower racial minorities. Focuses on selected topics particular to Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and African Americans, as well as legal issues common to all racial minorities (hate crimes, housing segregation, equal education opportunity, discrimination in the criminal justice system, workplace discrimination, affirmative action). Looks at the intersection of gender and race to identify issues unique to female members of racial minorities.  D

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LA 106 "Outsiders" and the Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB103 or GB 110

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

This course provides a focused study of the law as a dynamic force in social change by examining law as both an instrument of institutionalized oppression and a tool for liberation and empowerment of oppressed groups-those "outside" the majority. This particular course will focus on traditionally disenfranchised groups other than women and racial minorities. (For a parallel study of these groups, the Law Department offers LA 104, Gender and the Law, and LA 105, Race and the Law, respectively.) Groups studied in this course include: religious minorities, the physically challenged, the elderly, minors (including students), gay and bisexual persons, non-citizens, the homeless, the mentally ill, and criminals. The course will address the law's historical and current role both in maintaining the second class citizenship of these groups and in dismantling discrimination against them.  D

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LA 108 Moot Court (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110 or LA 101

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

This upper-level law course simulates a moot court exercise as conducted in law school. In the course, you prepare and present a legal argument before a simulated appeals court. Working in teams of two, you are assigned a contemporary legal problem, which you are required to analyze, research, prepare, and argue. Argument is made both in writing with the submission of a formal legal memorandum and orally in a simulated appellate court setting. The course also includes a visit to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts where students observe an actual hearing.  C

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LA 109 Law and Ethics for Cybersociety (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

This course will discuss the latest news and events relative to cybersociety from a Constitutional and national security perspective including a focus on recent anti-terrorism legislation. The balance between preserving civil rights and protection of our national security will be explained. Other topics will include the legal, social and ethical concerns relative to online privacy rights, the use of databases containing personal information, and copyright encryption that may interfere with an individual's fair use of downloading digital products. Cybercrimes including hacking, digital forgery, online gambling and embezzlement will be discussed along with government censorship of obscene material. Government regulation of the internet and proposals for a non-regulated internet will also be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on a discussion and explanation of the ethical theories as they relate to the development of a Cyberethics policy.

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LA 145 English Origins of the Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): (Formerly ID 245) Instructor permission required.

Note: Includes travel to England dudring Spring break.

Students study the developments in early English history that form the basis of the American common law system. As part of the study students travel to London during spring break to enrich their understanding of this English foundation by visiting places and people relevant to course materials. The materials are in the form of readings, case studies, and discussion that focus on the period 1066-1215. Specifically, topics include the historical origins of the common law system under Henry II and the establishment of limits on royal authority under Magna Carta. These topics are developed in relation to the king’s interest in protecting real property rights and protecting individuals from criminal activity, both of which came to be the basis of common law jurisdiction in the royal courts.  I

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LA 210 Business Law I (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Provides an understanding of contract law by discussing and explaining the formation, avoidance, discharge and enforcement of a contract. The Uniform Commercial Code is studied with emphasis on the law of sales, commercial paper, banking law and secured transactions. Personal property law and accountant's and auditor's liability conclude the course, with emphasis on ethical issues as they relate to legal obligations.

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LA 211 Business Law II (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): LA 210 or Instructor's Permission

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective.

Includes topics on the business law section of the CPA exam not covered in Legal Environment of Business and Business Law I and is of special interest to the accountancy major. Acquaints the student with laws relevant to agencies, partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, real estate, securities regulations, bankruptcy, insurance, wills, trusts and estates. Tax laws are discussed throughout the course as they relate to the subject matter.

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LA 300 Cyberlaw (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

The course discusses on-line contracts, tax, privacy, obscenity and defamation issues relevant to the on-line environment. Case study, federal and state statutes and government regulation are reviewed and explained. Applying the principles and concepts of the laws discussed, the students will create their own startup e-business. This will include the selection of the appropriate business organization, a business plan and model suitable for funding, a copyright of the web site, registration of the domain name and federal registration of the trademark and domain name, and a patent of the unique "business method" used by the company. In addition, an e-business web site will be developed by the students displaying the appropriate "terms of use" and "privacy policy" statements. Students present the business plan and web site to the class. The course syllabus, cases, and readings can be viewed on the Bentley web site.

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LA 301 Global Cyberlaw (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

This course will discuss the international online environment with special emphasis on the legal consequences of global e-commerce. The course will explain leading relevant United States treaties, cases, statutes and regulations as well as European Union directives as they govern and regulate global online transactions. International e-commerce involves a focus on and understanding of such topics as where a multi-national e-business will be tried, how to protect intellectual property, (i.e. trademarks, copyrights, and patents), how different countries view the privacy rights of its online customer/users, defamation posted on a web site's bulletin board, pornography and other social issues as viewed from a foreign country's perspective. The ethical and social issues relevant to a multi-national e-business will also be discussed.

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LA 302 Marketing Law for the Cyberage (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the law relating to marketing activities with emphasis on e-business. Students will become acquainted with the traditional law of marketing and its application to sales and services transacted via the Internet. Students will gain an appreciation for legal problems encountered by those involved in the communication and dissemination of ideas, goods and services through customer and product channels. The following areas of law will be addressed: jurisdiction, tax issues, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret), antitrust, franchisor-franchisee relationships, contracts, regulation of advertising, consumer protection, sale of goods and product warranties, and product liability as the legal environment within which business and professional practitioners function.

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LA 308 International Business Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Surveys the leading principles in international business law as applied in decisions of domestic and international courts; the sources, development and authority of international business law, such as the laws of the European Common Market; the making, interpretation and enforcement of treaties; and the organization and jurisdiction of international tribunals.  I

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LA 309 Current Issues in Labor and Employment Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Introduces the student to labor and employment laws that govern the rights of employers and employees in the workplace. Federal and state statutes, leading court and agency decisions are examined. Topics include union representation, collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, the right to strike, dispute resolution, the erosion of the doctrine of employment-at-will, minimum wage law, occupational safety regulation, drug and alcohol testing, plant closing laws, employer-related immigration issues, and public sector employment topics. Fair employment practice law encompasses race, sex, religion, national origin, handicapped and age discrimination including the topics of equal pay for equal work, affirmative action and sexual harassment. Collaborative textual analysis is supplemented with lectures, guest speakers, films and panel discussions.

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LA 311 Real Estate Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Helps students recognize potential problems related to the purchase or rental of real estate. It includes the treatment of contracts for the sale of real estate, transfer of title, title examination, security for real estate transactions such as mortgages, methods and problems of co-ownership, zoning ordinances, brokerage contracts, and constitutional issues related to real property. Landlord and tenant rights and liabilities are addressed as well as environmental issues related to real estate. Satisfies Massachusetts real estate salesperson licensing requirements.

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LA 313 Securities Regulation (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Discusses, within a legal context, the roles and ethical considerations of corporate management, the underwriter, CPA, directors and "insiders." The nature of a security, the registration process, exemptions from registration, and civil liability are explained within the Securities Acts and regulations promulgated thereunder by the Securities Exchange Commission.

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LA 315 Alternative Dispute Resolution in Business (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Discusses the evolving role of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in dealing with commercial, consumer and labor disputes. Studies trends in nontraditional forms of litigation such as summary jury trials, mini-trials and private judging. Discusses the alternative options of negotiation, mediation and domestic and international arbitration programs for resolving business disputes. Covers negotiation skills, business considerations and ethical concerns in selecting and using ADR.

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LA 316 Sports and Entertainment Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

An examination of the sports and entertainment industry requires delving into the law of contracts, labor, anti-trust, intellectual property, torts, Internet and the U.S. Constitution. Our analysis begins by studying college sports, amateur sports, Olympic sports, and Title IX's impact on athletic opportunities for women. A significant amount of the classroom material is devoted to surveying the major professional team sports including looking at collective bargaining agreements, labor discord, privacy, salaries, drug testing and freedom of movement from team to team. The economic aspects of both professional sports and movie industry are explored. This includes looking at team franchise movement in professional sports and financing, producing, and distributing movies and TV. The role of the Screen Actors Guild is reviewed at length. Agency law is also examined in the context of the relationships involving agents (and/or managers) who represent celebrities and athletes.

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LA 317 Media Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

The study of media is the study of the lifeblood of world culture, art, entertainment, politics, knowledge and transmission of information. From the invention of movable type by Johannes Gutenberg through the evolution of media technology including radio, television, cable television, satellite radio, the internet, VCRs, DVDs, CDs, TIVOs, IPODs, cell phones and numerous other technologies, there have been constant expansions of information while the world has shrunk and truly become a global village. Regulation of media through law is essential to an orderly, positive utilization of media in the public interest. Rules and regulations established through legislatures, administrative agencies, court rulings and industry- established regulations are of primary importance. In addition, as media has become more of a global phenomenon, the interworking of the law and ethical business practices of countries around the world has become a major factor in today's media law.

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LA 401 Directed Study in Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): Department chairperson's permission

Permits superior students to engage in specialized study. Allows repetition for credit.

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LA 402 Seminar in Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): Department chairperson's permission

Note: Not offered regularly. Check with department chair for availability.

Provides opportunity for small groups of advanced students to study selected topics. (Allows repetition for credit.)

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LA 421 Internship in Law (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): Completion of either GB 103, GB 110, LA 101 or LA 103, junior level standing, 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and permission of the internship coordinator

Note: May be used to fulfill unrestricted elective credits

Students interested in law are afforded the opportunity to apply and expand their academic learning with hands-on experience that focuses on the laws and procedures of the legal system as related to consumers and others in need of assistance.

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