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Legal Environment, 5th Edition

  • Jeffrey F. Beatty Boston University
  • Susan S. Samuelson Boston University
  • ISBN-10: 1133587496  |  ISBN-13: 9781133587491
  • 936 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $225.00
  • Newer Edition Available

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About

Overview

With Beatty and Samuelson's exciting fifth edition of LEGAL ENVIRONMENT, today's students are given personal experience in applying legal concepts to real-life issues using practical exercises found throughout the text. From the very first chapter, the authors' superb writing fascinates, drawing students into the concepts of business law within the context of vivid examples and memorable scenarios. No other text is as effective at equipping future business leaders with the knowledge and tools to anticipate the challenges that await them. LEGAL ENVIRONMENT, Fifth Edition teaches students why business law matters not only to their careers but also to their daily lives.

Features and Benefits

  • Emphasize Business Application: The "Exam Strategy" feature has proven to be one of students' most favored features. It offers practical examples that help students learn the thinking process necessary to apply to the law. Divided into a "Question/Strategy/Result" format and written in an relevant and engaging fashion, these exercises provide essential practice material for students. This feature, met with great enthusiasm from reviewers, is interspersed throughout the text, offering many applications for students and instructors. Additional Exam Strategies appear in the new Exam Review section at the end of each chapter.
  • Ensure Student Comprehension: The "Exam Review" section at the end of chapters offers a review of key terms, highlighted with additional "Exam Strategy" exercises. Additional thought provoking questions round out this feature to provide a comprehensive study guide for students (or an excellent practice test for instructors to assign).
  • Emphasis on Active Learning: Numerous pedagogical features ("Exam Strategy," "You Be the Judge," "Ethics," "Economics & the Law" and "Role Reversal") take an active role in driving the learning process. They test understanding throughout each chapter by asking students to practice applying what they have learned in realistic, contextual situations.
  • Practical Ethics Coverage: An "Ethics Checklist" introduced in Chapter 2 provides questions to guide future managers in making tough decisions when faced with one of the many ethical dilemmas they will encounter on the job that are not black and white. "Ethics" features throughout the text encourage students to practice thinking through real-world ethical scenarios.
  • Interdisciplinary Perspective: "Economics & the Law" and "Ethics" features provide an interdisciplinary context to show how legal decisions can have an impact on the world around us and even on our own everyday lives.
  • "Lead by Example" Writing Style: A strong narrative, developed with business students--not law students--in mind, drives understanding of general legal concepts by putting them into context for students. The authors' clear, concise style--filled with lively examples--introduces each topic with familiar, everyday real-world scenarios that students can easily relate to. Students gain an inherent understanding of abstract legal ideas before getting into conceptual definitions and discussions.
  • Authoritative Coverage: This text has received the stamp of approval from trial and appellate judges, working attorneys, scholars, and teachers. Through exhaustive research and meticulous presentation, the authors set a new standard for business law texts in style and research. In addition, dozens of tough-minded instructors and editors have spent thousands of hours reviewing the revision of this book.

Table of Contents

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

Appendix A The Constitution of the United States.
Appendix B Uniform Commercial Code (Selected Provisions.

What's New

  • Based on extensive research with a number of adopters, the authors have made significant changes to the structure of this book, both re-aligning and giving more coverage to those essential topics that adopters told us were important. Coverage of product liability can now be found in the torts chapter, and coverage of secured transactions and sales are now together in the same chapter. Both discrimination and bankruptcy have been expanded to become their own stand-alone chapters.
  • The authors have also expanded their coverage of three key topics that adopters told us were important: sustainability, social media, and employee responsibilities.
  • As always, many of the opening vignettes and court cases have been replaced with newer, more relevant cases to provide students with the most current and interesting examples of law. Several landmark cases have been added to this edition, such as International Shoe Co v. State of Washington, United States v. Biswell, and State Farm v. Campbell. Other new cases include Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee and Texaco v. Pennzoil.
  • One of the book's most popular features--the You Be the Judge cases--have also been updated with new examples, such as Soldano v. O'Daniels, Ohio v. Smith, and Totes-Isotoner Co v. United States.

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ePack: Legal Environment, 5th + MindTap® Business Law Instant Access for Beatty/Samuelson's Legal Environment + Student Guide to Sustainabillity, Law, and Ethics

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The language is understandable, and the text presents legal concepts in an interesting manner."

— Colleen Arnott Less, Johnson & Wales University

"My students and I love the You Be the Judge features. They promote excellent in-class discussion."

— Wendy Hind, Doane College

"The writing is engaging and has been since the first day. The students really relate to the examples and scenarios. There is a sense of humor in this textbook that is uncommon and engaging."

— Deborah Walsh, Middlesex Community College

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Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1133629482 | ISBN-13: 9781133629481)

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Student Guide to Sustainabillity, Law, and Ethics  (ISBN-10: 1285752120 | ISBN-13: 9781285752129)

Enhance your Business Law or Legal Environment course with this short student guide on how law and ethics play a part in moving business and society toward (or away from) sustainability. You can assign all or part of this guide to supplement your Cengage textbook to illustrate how our laws occasionally boost, but more often impose barriers to, long-term sustainable planning at both the corporate and national level. The guide provides supplemental materials for Constitutional law, corporate and securities law, torts and contracts, real estate law, and international law and a brief but thorough introductory chapter on sustainability, law, and ethics.

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Business Law Digital Video Library, 2 term (12 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0324223277 | ISBN-13: 9780324223279)

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Student Guide to Sustainabillity, Law, and Ethics  (ISBN-10: 1285752120 | ISBN-13: 9781285752129)

Enhance your knowledge of business law or the legal environment with this short student guide on how law and ethics play a part in moving business and society toward (or away from) sustainability. The guide illustrates how our laws occasionally boost, but more often impose barriers to, long-term sustainable planning at both the corporate and national level. It provides supplemental materials for Constitutional law, corporate and securities law, torts and contracts, real estate law, and international law and a brief but thorough introductory chapter on sustainability, law, and ethics.

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Business Law Digital Video Library, 2 term (12 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0324223277 | ISBN-13: 9780324223279)

The Digital Library offers over 90 videos and helps you link your everyday experiences to legal ideas, spark classroom discussion, and reinforce core concepts. The videos are available with MindTap, CengageNOW™, and CourseMate, and at http://www.cengage.com/blaw/dvl.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jeffrey F. Beatty

Jeffrey F. Beatty was a two-time winner of the Beckwith Prize, Boston University's highest undergraduate teaching award. His research expertise included constitutional law, torts, contracts, and the uniform commercial code. In 1998, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) awarded him the Charles Hewitt Award for excellence in teaching, presented annually to one professor in the United States. 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 teaching, Professor Beatty worked for several years as a legal aid lawyer, concentrating on immigration law and 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.

Susan S. Samuelson

Susan S. Samuelson 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 View, 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.