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Legal Environment 6th Edition

Jeffrey F. Beatty | Susan S. Samuelson

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Bring cases and legal concepts to life through the innovative storytelling style in LEGAL ENVIRONMENT. The sixth edition presents a full range of legal environment topics in a series of brief, quick-read chapters. The authors emphasize the business applications of concepts, making material relevant to students no matter what their future career paths. Case features encourage lively class discussion by presenting the facts of cases and arguments from both sides. Instructors have raved about this resource's clarity and ability to make contract law readable, which frees them to spend less time in class on explaining concepts -- and more time on other discussions. Also available: the MindTap® online learning experience.

Jeffrey F. Beatty, Boston University

Jeffrey F. Beatty, J.D., was an exceptional teacher, having won both the Metcalfe Prize and Cup, Boston University's highest teaching award as well as the Charles Hewitt Award, which is given each year by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) for excellence in teaching. The highest honor for teaching conferred by the ALSB, this award is dedicated to the communication and recognition of creative teaching practices of business law. Prior to his joining the faculty at Boston University, Professor Beatty worked for several years as a legal aid lawyer, concentrating on general civil litigation. He also practiced in a private firm, where he concentrated on general civil litigation, including trials and appeals of tort, contract, employment, and property cases. Professor Beatty wrote television scripts and plays that were performed in Boston, London, and Amsterdam.

Susan S. Samuelson, Boston University

Susan S. Samuelson, J.D., is a tenured full professor in the School of Management at Boston University, where she has been awarded the Broderick Prize in recognition of outstanding teaching accomplishments. She teaches both law and ethics to undergraduates, graduate students, and executives. Professor Samuelson's research has focused on securities law and the management of lawyers (in both law firms and corporations). Her articles have appeared in the Boston University Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the Sloan Management Review, among others. She practiced law in the corporate department of the law firm Choate, Hall, and Stewart. She earned both an AB and JD at Harvard University.

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Legal Environment


UNIT I: The Legal Environment.
1. Introduction to Law.
2. Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.
3. Dispute Resolution.
4. Common Law, Statutory Law, and Administrative Law.
5. Constitutional Law.
6. Torts and Product Liability.
7. Cyberlaw and Privacy.
8. Crime.
9. International Law.
UNIT II: Contracts and the UCC.
10. Introduction to Contracts.
11. Legality, Consent, and Writing.
12. Performance Discharge, and Remedies.
13. Practical Contracts.
14. The UCC: Sales and Secured Transactions.
15. Negotiable Instruments.
16. Bankruptcy.
UNIT III: Agency and Employment Law.
17. Agency Law.
18. Employment and Labor Law.
19. Employment Discrimination.
UNIT IV: Business Organizations.
20. Starting a Business: LLCs and Other Options.
21. Corporations.
22. Securities Regulation.
UNIT V: Government Regulation and Property.
23. Antitrust.
24. Intellectual Property.
25. Property.
26. Consumer Protection.
27. Environmental Law.

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