Welcome to Law for Business and Personal Use
This Business elective (1 credit) allows students to explore the foundations of business law, while introducing personal law topics that interest students. Units includes contracts, criminal and civil law, consumer protection, wills and estates, marriage and divorce, property law, agency, employment contracts, unions, commercial paper, and credit obligations.
Textbook Table of Contents
Know the difference:Civil cases are generally brought by private individuals or corporations seeking to collect monetary damages. Criminal cases are brought by the local, state or federal government in response to a suspected violation of law and seeks a fine, a jail sentence or both.
More Information on Civil vs. Criminal Cases
UNIT 1. LAW, JUSTICE, AND YOU.
Web Quiz: http://lawxtra.swlearning.com/student/ch01.html#
Chapter 1 Outline, Vocabulary and Objectives Hand-out
Chapter 1...In Your Own Words
Type "civil disobedience" into the Search box on the ACLU web site. Choose one of the articles. Read it and note the context in which the term is used. Prepare a one-minute presentation explaining the article. Break into small groups and present your article. As a group, make a list of the issues which civil disobedience was used to protest. Then, present your group findings to the class.
The Judicial Branch:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jha2ZD-8sVQ&feature=related
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJuPmPGKy-0
2. Constitutional Rights.
Chapter 2 Outline, Vocabulary and Objectives
Federal Agencies Graphic Organizer
Failed amendments: http://www.usconstitution.net/constamfail.html
Amendments recently proposed by Congress:
Chapter 3 Outline, Vocabulary and Objectives Hand-out
An Introduction to The U.S. Courts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dnp_01e4Qw&feature=related
Appeal Cases: Use your Graphic Organizer to show if the Case was Remanded, Amended, Reversed or Affirmed
Chapter 3 Vocabulary and Short Answer Questions
Click on one of the topics on the home page of the official web site of the U.S. Supreme Court. Write a one-paragraph summary of your findings.
1st Amendment Activity Break
Case Studies and PPT directions
Grading Rubic for PPT
Landmark Cases involving First Amendment and Schools
How to Analyze a Court Case
Significant Moments that have defined the 1st Amendment
Assignment: Create your Own Timeline and Reflection
Vocabulary and Short Answer Questions
Crime Classification Table: Homework
3 Elements of a Criminal Act Graphic Organizer
5. Civil Law and Procedure.
4 Elements of a Tort Graphic Organizer
Vocabulary and Short Answers
Tort Troubles Worksheet
Types of Intentional Torts
6. Offer and Acceptance.
Current Event involving a Contract Dispute
- Select a contract template to download into a Word Document
- Customize the Contract so that you are the Offerer
- Select a person to sign the Contract as the Offeree
- Header: Come up with a name for your Company
Chapter 6 Short Answers
MLB Contracts: http://mlbplayers.mlb.com/pa/pdf/cba_english.pdf
Employment Contract: Facebook Chief Operating Officer's Contract
Contract Cases Archives: http://www.newjerseybusinesslawattorney.com/breach-of-contract/
Contract Law Case Studies
Law Firm Brochure
9. Legal Capacity to Contract.
10. Legal Purpose and Proper Form.
11. Contractual Obligations and Their Enforcement
12. Sales Contracts.
Letters written to Attorney General
Responses to Letters: Legal or Illegal? Ethical or Unethical?
100 of Largest Jury Verdicts(in terms of Damages)
Template to Brief a Case
How to Brief a Case
13. Ownership and Risk of Loss in Sales.
Chapters 13 and 14 Vocabulary and Short Answer Packet
Chapter 13 Notes
14. Consumer Protection.
CPCS.gov Case Studies
FTC PPT presentation
Chapter 14 Notes
Deceptive Marketing Techniques
15. Property and Its Acquisition.
17. Ownership and Leasing of Real Property.
Chapter 17 Vocabulary
Property Law Webquest
Real vs. Intellectual Property
Activity: Designing a Brochure for your Law Firm
Article: 10 Trade Secrets We Wished We Knew
18. Insurance Law.
19. Wills, Trusts, and Estates
CNN Estate Planning Worksheet and Quiz
Concepts to Know: Use Textbook
Probate Law Assignment
The Faces of Probate Wksh
20. Agency Law.
23. Discrimination in Employment.
24. Employment-Related Injuries.
25. Forms of Business Organization.
26. The Law of Corporations.
27. Organizational Forms for Small Business.
28. Commercial Paper.
29. Negotiability and Negotiation of Commercial Paper.
30. Discharge of Commercial Paper and Electronic Fund Transfers.
31. Secured and Unsecured Credit Obligations. 32. Creditors, Debtors, and Bankruptcy
The Mock Trial
Steps in the Trial: must be reviewed by all
Tips for Direct and Cross Examination Questions: must be reviewed by Lawyers and Witnesses
Guidelines for Opening Statements: Must be reviewed by team of Lawyers on both sides
Advanced International Trade Law (Bhala)
- Review Dumping Reading: International Trade Law Textbook, Volume II: Chapters 51-57, 70
- New Dumping Reading: International Trade Law Textbook, Volume II: Chapter 58
- Review Advanced ITL Syllabus, which you can pick up on the tables near the student mailboxes by late December or early January.
- Modern GATT Law Treatise, Volume II, Chapters 65-69
- Modern GATT Law Treatise, Volume II, Chapters 70-73
- Begin thinking about a paper topic on which you would like to write.
The course counts for the Scholarly Writing Requirement. There is no final exam.
Advanced Litigation (Schnug)
For our first class (1/17) please review this brief piece: http://www.persuasivelitigator.com/2012/06/talk-to-the-eyes.html. There is no text assigned for the course, but you will need to bring a copy of the Federal Rules of Evidence to every class period. The syllabus and additional resources will be posted to Blackboard. You do not need to wear courtroom attire for our first class, but you will for every court session (Wednesdays) after that. I look forward to working with you!
Business Planning Seminar (Hoy)
The class will not meet on 1/17. The first meeting will be on 1/24.
Reading assignment-Chapters I and II & Problem I of Business Planning by Gevurtz.
Consumer Law (Muller)
- Part 1. Formation of Consumer Contracts
- Chapter 1. Deception – The Response of the Common Law
- Pages 1-20, (notes 2, 4, and 6); pages 27-39, 45-47 (notes 5-6); Rest. 2d of Torts §§ 525-526, 551; UCC § 2-313; Rest. 2d of Contracts §§ 164(1)
- Chapter 2. Deception - Legislative Solutions at the Federal Level
- Pages 51-65 (note 3 pg. 62), 86-87, 102-03 (notes 5-6) FTC Act §§ 1, 4, 5, 19
Contracts II (Mulligan)
- Jan. 18: Text of UCC Art. 1 / begin next assignment
- Jan. 19: Assignment #1 in the Keating SALES book – problems 1.1-1.6
Register for the course page for Contracts II on TWEN.
Copyright Law and Digital Works (Smith)
Welcome to this class! As I will try to convince you throughout the semester, copyright law is the most interesting area of legal study there is, because we will be dealing everyday with the products of human imagination and culture in all their variety, humor and pathos.
Your first step in this class is to register for the course page on TWEN. The page is labeled “Copyright Law in a Digital Age” and is open for registration now. I will discuss the difference in the course name with you during class.
The syllabus is available on the course site, as are all course readings. There is no casebook or other materials to buy for this course! Everything you need is openly accessible and is loaded to the TWEN course page. The casebook is Intellectual Property: Law and Society by James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins, both of the Duke University School of Law. There is a full PDF of this work on the site, as well as a Supplement to the casebook, the complete text of Title 17 of the United States Code, and all the other articles and cases assigned on the syllabus.
Please note that there is a short assignment to be prepared for the first class (Jan. 16): a chart comparing forms of IP law from the Boyle and Jenkins casebook, a short newspaper column by author and advocate Cory Doctorow, and an equally short case involving the television show Seinfeld.
I also want to call your attention to the fact that the reading for our second class, on Jan. 17, is quite a bit heavier, so I urge you to get started on that reading as soon as possible.
I am looking forward to exploring with all of you how copyright law works, and where it fails, in a digital age.
Contract Drafting (Sears)
Text: "Translating the Business Deal into Contract Concepts." These chapters provide the framework for the course. You will learn the analytic skills that deal lawyers use when drafting and the basic contract concepts from a deal lawyer’s perspective.
- Chapter 1 – A Few Words
- Chapter 2 – The Building Blocks of Contracts.
- Chapter 3 – Translating the Business Deal – Part 1.
- Chapter 4 – Translating the Business Deal – Part 2. (Including the Appendices to Chapter 4.)
- Chapter 5 – A Contract’s Parts.
Class discussion: We will discuss Exercise 5-2 during class. Please review it.
Commercial Arbitration (Drahozal)
For the first day of class, read pages 1-19 and prepare to discuss Problems 1.1 and 1.2 in the Drahozal casebook.
Complex Litigation (Hines)
For Wednesday, January 17, please read pages 1-14 in "Mass Tort Litigation" by Professor Linda Mullenix.
Corporate Finance (Harper Ho)
Reading assignments for the first several weeks including required supplemental readings will be posted to the "Course Materials" section of Blackboard, which will be available to you the week before classes begin. The syllabus for the course will also be posted to Blackboard, and I will distribute hard copies in class. While you’re waiting on the coursepack, I’d encourage you to read the Optional SEC Guide to Financial Statements online.
Our casebook is Carney, William J., CORPORATE FINANCE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE (Foundation Press, 3d. ed. 2014).
The assignment for Tuesday, Jan. 16 is:
Powerpoint slides will generally be posted in advance of class, and I encourage you to view or print them in advance so you'll know where we're headed.
NOTE: All supplemental course materials will be posted both on the course Blackboard site and will also be available in the optional (but recommended) coursepack. The coursepack should be available by the week before classes start at the KU Main Union - I'll confirm once I have more information. The cost of the coursepack includes not only copying costs, but also royalties to the copyright holders and so will be more expensive than printing the materials yourself. However, because the exam for the course will be in closed mode (wordprocessing only), I encourage you to save time and buy the coursepack rather than attempt to print out all supplemental readings. In either case, you will want to check Blackboard regularly in advance of class for additional materials, including weblinks, tools, and powerpoint slides.
Digital Privacy Rights in an Open Society (Kautsch)
Initial reading assignments are available on the TWEN website for the course. If you have any difficulty gaining access to the site, please notify Professor Kautsch by email at email@example.com.
Energy Law and Policy (Outka)
For the first day of class, please read the following:
- The Biggest Energy Rulings of 2017," Law360 (Dec. 13, 2017).