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Cengage Advantage Books: Essentials of Business Law 5th Edition

Jeffrey F. Beatty, Susan S. Samuelson

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  • Previous Editions 2012, 2008, 2005
  • 1024 Pages
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Overview

A cost-effective alternative to traditional Business Law texts, ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS LAW, 5TH Edition delivers in-depth coverage of the core topics, especially contracts, in a concise, paperback format. Beatty and Samuelson deliver the material in their hallmark accessible style with story-telling, cases, and business applications that grab student interest. Fostering active learning throughout the text, the authors teach by example, and show students how to think through legal issues from a business manager's perspective. No other text puts concepts into practice so effectively while teaching students why business law matters to their future careers.

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.
  • Improved Organization of the Content: The authors have made several key changes to the arrangement of the content that help students make stronger connections among key topics. Specifically, coverage of Product Liability has been moved to the chapter on Torts, and the securities chapter has been revised to offer better coverage of government regulations, securities, and antitrust.
  • Expanded Coverage of Contracts: An entire new chapter offers more in-depth coverage on perhaps the most vital topic for future managers and business owners to understand: Practical Contracts. This chapter provides students with a detailed explanation of all parts of a contract and the issues that need to be addressed in order to best protect all of the parties to the contract.
  • Expanded Coverage of Employment Law: Another increasingly important topic for business people--especially those who employ and manage others--to understand is employment law, which is why coverage of this topic has been expanded from one to two chapters. The new chapter offers in-depth coverage of the increasingly complex area of discrimination in the workplace and the laws involved.
  • New Coverage of Consumer Protection: In response to reviewers' consistent requests for further information on this emerging hot topic within business law, the authors have added another new chapter on consumer protection. The chapter helps business students understand how to protect their organizations against disputes with customers, how credit cards really work, their role in the prevention of identity theft, and many more essential topics.
  • New Landmark Cases: While many new cases have been included in this edition, some have been designated as Landmark Cases so students will know which cases have set the precedent for important issues within business law. Some of these include Miranda v. Arizona, United States v. Waste Management, Inc., and International Shoe Co v. State of Washington.
  • Improved CengageNOW homework set: The CNOW homework questions have undergone a dramatic upgrade to include six different homework types. These six integrated types of homework questions move students from fairly easy questions (lower-level Bloom's taxonomy) through increasingly challenging questions that require analytical thinking and synthesis (higher-level Bloom's taxonomy) to reinforce students' understanding of the material, help develop essential skills, and better prepare them for exams.
  • Emphasize Active Learning: Numerous features, such as "You Be the Judge," "Ethics," and "Devil's Advocate" actively drive the learning process by testing student comprehension throughout each chapter. Strategically placed, these and other features are integrated throughout the text material specifically where students are more likely to read them, which helps them develop critical thinking skills and apply what they have learned to realistic, contextual situations.
  • Deliver Authoritative Coverage: Trial and appellate judges, working attorneys, and scholars have all given praise for this text and the authors' unprecedented standards for style and research. Unlike any other business law book on the market, this text has been reviewed by dozens of tough-minded instructors and editors to deliver a comprehensive and dependable business law text.
  • Consider the Ethical Side: An Ethics Checklist in Chapter 2 provides self-test questions to guide future managers through the ethical decisions they will encounter on the job, especially those that don't have black and white answers. These questions, along with other ethics features throughout the text, encourage students to practice their analytical skills on realistic, thought-provoking scenarios.
  • Student-friendly Exam Strategies and Review: Teach business students to analyze the legal issues like a lawyer with writing that reiterates the process in every chapter: identify the general issue, focus on the fine point raised, apply the analysis of the Court, and deduce the answer. Students can also reinforce the chapter topics with accessible, end-of-chapter reviews, complete with key concepts and helpful page number references, Exam Strategy practice questions, and an Additional Questions section for self-practice.
  • Unexpected Situations: Open students' eyes with new research and riveting cases that challenge their beliefs about issues such as social responsibility and fairness, the relationship between money and happiness, or whether judicial review is good for the nation. Further engaging students are the opening scenarios of each chapter that offer real-world examples of business law issues, often with a humorous twist.
  • Lead by Example: The text's interdisciplinary perspective shows how legal decisions impact the world and students' own lives, while putting legal concepts into contexts that non-law students understand. These familiar, real-world scenarios are delivered in the clear, concise style that students prefer, and which helps them understand abstract legal ideas before getting into conceptual definitions and discussions.
UNIT 1 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 2 CONTRACTS.
9. Introduction to Contracts.
10. Agreement.
11. Consideration.
12. Legality.
13. Capacity and Consent.
14. Written Contracts.
15. Third Parties.
16. Performance and Discharge.
17. Remedies.
18. Practical Contracts.
UNIT 3 COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS.
19. Introduction to Sales.
20. Ownership, Risk, and Warranties.
21. Performance and Remedies.
22. Negotiable Instruments.
23. Secured Transactions.
24. Bankruptcy.
UNIT 4 EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS, AND PROPERTY.
25. Agency.
26. Employment and Labor Law.
27. Employment Discrimination.
28. Starting a Business.
29. Corporations.
30. Government Regulations, Securities, and Antitrust.
31. Consumer Protection.
32. Cyberlaw.
33. Intellectual Property.
34. Real and Personal Property.
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"I love ALL the versions of the Beatty Samuelson textbook for the following reasons: it's funny and engaging; the examples used by authors are very good; students report on my evaluations that they discussed the book with their parents and friends and many students intend to keep the textbook for their own interest after the course is finished. Essentials has a good price as compared to the hardcover while the coverage is more or less the same."

"The case summaries which present excerpts and concise summaries of the facts/opinion are a wonderful asset of this text. Additionally, the layout (breaking up large amounts of text with illustrations, cases and other examples) makes this an easier text for students to read. Additionally, the organization of the textbook (in terms of chapters) is conducive to teaching business law."

"I adopted this text because of the readability of the textbook. Reading and comprehension is one of the biggest challenges that students face today. Any text that I use has to be one that students can read and understand. Most of the students taking our Business Law I course are Business majors, not pre-law so being able to digest the material is very important."

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