Law (LA)

LA 701 Business Law     (3 credits)

The course begins with an in-depth analysis of the laws pertaining to business associations, such as partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and limited partnerships, franchises and joint ventures. Topics include the law of contracts and agency and commercial paper as they relate to the business environment. 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.

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.

LA 720 Current Topics in Law and Ethics in the Workplace     (3 credits)

PREQ: Not open to PMBA, ELMBA or MSMBA or students who have completed GR 645.

Today's managers are frequently confronted with situations that require them to make decisions that involve consideration of both a business' legal and ethical obligations. The course addresses a series of current workplace issues that raise both legal and ethical questions: Whistleblowing (duties of loyalty and confidentiality); privacy in the workplace (surveillance of employees, electronic communication and social media); diversity issues (maternity leaves, treatment of LGBT employees); workplace health and safety issues; environmental impact; advertising; and product safety and ownership of intellectual property. For each topic, students are taught the relevant U.S. law and then challenged to engage in an ethical analysis of hypothetical and real-life situations by applying various ethical theories. The course helps managers to identify, analyze and address developing legal issues in order to avoid potential liability and to maintain ethical integrity within a competitive global marketplace.

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 thenexpand 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.

LA 799 Experimental Course in Law     (3 credits)

Experimental courses explore curriculum development, with specific content intended for evolution into a permanent course. A topic may be offered twice before it becomes a permanent course. Students may repeat experimental courses with a different topic for credit.