Higher Education

Law for Business and Personal Use, 17th Edition

  • John E. Adamson Southwest Missouri State University
  • ISBN-10: 0538440511  |  ISBN-13: 9780538440516
  • 656 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 2003, 2000
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $113.75



Explore the foundations of business law, while introducing personal law topics that interest students. LAW FOR BUSINESS AND PERSONAL USE combines strong content with interactive technology and video to maintain student interest and support active learning. Coverage includes contracts, criminal law, consumer protection, wills and estates, marriage and divorce, property law, agency, employment contracts, unions, commercial paper, and credit obligations. Each chapter is divided into short, easy-to-handle lessons, setting a comfortable learning pace. With more than 1,000 cases, there’s never a shortage of opportunities for case analysis and research.

Table of Contents

UNIT 1. LAW, JUSTICE, AND YOU. 1. Laws and Their Ethical Foundation. 2. Constitutional Rights. 3. The Court System. 4. Criminal Law and Procedure. 5. Civil Law and Procedure. UNIT 2. CONTRACT LAW. 6. Offer and Acceptance. 7. Genuineness of Assent. 8. Consideration. 9. Legal Capacity to Contract. 10. Legal Purpose and Proper Form. 11. Contractual Obligations and Their Enforcement UNIT 3. THE LAW OF SALES. 12. Sales Contracts. 13. Ownership and Risk of Loss in Sales. 14. Consumer Protection. UNIT 4. PROPERTY LAW. 15. Property and Its Acquisition. 16. Bailments. 17. Ownership and Leasing of Real Property. 18. Insurance Law. 19. Wills, Trusts, and Estates UNIT 5. AGENCY AND EMPLOYMENT LAW. 20. Agency Law. 21. Employment Law. 22. Unions and the Employment Relationship. 23. Discrimination in Employment. 24. Employment-Related Injuries. UNIT 6. LEGAL FORMS OF BUSINESS OPERATION. 25. Forms of Business Organization. 26. The Law of Corporations. 27. Organizational Forms for Small Business. UNIT 7. BORROWING MONEY AND PAYING BILLS. 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

What's New

  • Winning Edge: Get students prepared for FBLA and BPA competitive events.
  • CyberLaw: Cover electronic and Internet issues in business law with this exciting feature.
  • Economic Impact: Examine recently-enacted laws and their impact on the economy.
  • Make Connections: Emphasize cross-curricular links.
  • Free Xtra! Web Site: http://lawxtra.swlearning.com contains a wealth of online learning tools.
  • Clarity: Improved clarity by reducing redundancy and wordiness, making the material easier for students to understand.
  • Improved Design: The new design of the text improves the flow, making it easier for students to follow.


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0538440686 | ISBN-13: 9780538440684)

Instructor's Resource Kit  (ISBN-10: 0538440694 | ISBN-13: 9780538440691)

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Video  (ISBN-10: 053844066X | ISBN-13: 9780538440660)

The video clips directly correlate to chapter and unit content, and allow the teacher an opportunity to introduce real-life, applicable material into their classroom.

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Instructor's Wraparound Edition  (ISBN-10: 0538440643 | ISBN-13: 9780538440646)

Student Supplements

Acitivties and Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 0538440651 | ISBN-13: 9780538440653)

Contains lesson outlines, vocabulary reviews, concept reviews, and goal reviews for every chapter of the text.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John E. Adamson

John E. Adamson is Emeritus Professor of Business and Law in the Department of Finance and General Business at Missouri State University. Adamson received a BS from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; an MA in International Relations from Georgetown University; and an MBA and a JD from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. A decorated disabled veteran and past four-term mayor and school board member of his hometown, Adamson is author of numerous business law texts, with a concentration in environmental law.