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Syllabus 2010 - SYLLABUS EXAMPLE -- CLASSROOM COURSE

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    PARALEGAL

    CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

     SYLLABUS

    Business Law

    3 CEUs

    Spring, 2010

    Instructor: Sheila Malloy Huber

    Daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact hours:

    360-280-1771(cell) Phone:

    hubers@u.washington.edu I usually check my email in the early E-mail: morning and in the evening.

    http://faculty.washington.edu/hubers/uwt_business%20law/index.shtml Course Web page:

    6 - 9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 6 June 8, 2010 Classroom BB106 Class meetings:

    Acceptance in UWT Paralegal Program or permission of Program Prerequisites: Director and Instructor

    Access to computer with word processing and ability to connect to the Technology internet requirements:

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Substantive course in business law, covering contracts, including contracts for the sale of goods,

    business organization, real and personal property, copyright, agency and employment law, business torts,

    and estate planning.

    COURSE OBJECTIVES

    This course provides an introduction to laws affecting business and property. At the end of this course,

    students will:

    1. Have an understanding of basic contract law, including contracts governed by Articles 2 of the

    Uniform Commercial Code

    2. Demonstrate an ability to negotiate and draft simple contract clauses

    3. Have an understanding of the types of business forms

    4. Demonstrate an ability to draft an LLC operating agreement

    5. Have an understanding of basic property law, including copyright law

    6. Demonstrate an ability to draft a simple will and related estate planning documents

    7. Have a general understanding of the variety of laws that apply to the employment setting

    COURSE TOPICS

    The course will cover the following topics:

    1. Contract Law, including the Uniform Commercial Code as it relates to sales

    2. Business Forms (Sole Proprietorship, Limited and General Partnerships, Corporations, Limited

    Liability Companies)

    3. Personal, Intellectual (Copyright) and Real Property Law

    4. Wills, Trusts and Other Estate Planning Documents

    5. Laws Affecting Businesses and Employment

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COURSE FORMAT

    This is a lecture/discussion course in which lectures on the course topics are presented by the instructor

    and supplemented by class discussion and application of what is learned.

    TEXT

    Introduction to Business Law, Beatty & Samuelson. Third Edition

    Publisher: SouthWestern College/West (Cenage Advantage)

    ISBN-10 0324826990

    ISBN-13 0324826999

    EVALUATION AND GRADING

    Your grade in this course will be based on a final exam and four writing assignments (two contract

    clauses, an LLC operating agreement, and a will) and a group analysis and class presentation. In order to

    pass the course an overall grade of 80% or better is required on the tests and a pass (B or better) is

    required on the writing assignments.

    COURSE SCHEDULE

All reading assignments should be completed prior to class. Consult the class website

    for additional readings and assignments.

    DATE TOPIC

    Class1 BRIEF REVIEW OF THE BASICS OVERVIEW OF TORTS AND CRIMES AS THEY RELATE TO BUSINESS ? Intentional torts ? Negligence and strict liability ? Crimes READ: Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Some of this will be review. Feel free to skip the parts that you know and feel comfortable with.)

    Class 2 INTRODUCTION TO CONTRACT LAW

    ? What law governs

    ? Nature and Classification of Contracts

    ? Agreement and Consideration

    ? Legality

    READ: Chapters 9 and 10 (to page 153); Assignment 1A Proposed Contract

    Clause (due Class 3)

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Class 3 INTRODUCTION TO CONTRACT LAW

    ? Capacity and other defenses against contract enforceability

    ? Negotiating and drafting tips

    ? Conditions

    ? Assignment and delegation

    READ: Chapters 10 (153 to end) and 11 (to 179 “Remedies”); Assignment 1B

    team project: Negotiation and drafting exercise.

Class 4 INTRODUCTION TO CONTRACT LAW

    ? Performance and breach

    ? Remedies

    ? Liquidated damages

    READ: Chapter 11 (179 to end); Additional readings posted on web. Assignment

    2 Team project: Liquidated damages exercise.

    Class 5 SALES CONTRACTS, PRODUCTS LIABILITY AND CONSUMER LAW

    ? Formation of Sales Contracts

    ? Ownership and Risk

    ? Warranties and Product Liability

    ? Laws to Protect Consumers

    READ: Chapters 12 and 24; Additional readings posted on web.

    Class 6 INTRODUCTION TO AGENCY AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

    ? The agency relationship

    ? Laws to protect employees

    ? Employment discrimination

    READ: Chapters 16, 17 and 18; Additional readings posted on web.

    Class 7 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

    ? Sole proprietorships

    ? Partnerships

    ? Limited Liability Companies

    ? Corporations

    ? Washington’s web-based business assistance services

    READ: Chapter 20; Assignment 3 Team project LLC Operating Agreement.

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Class 8 INTRODUCTION TO PROPERTY LAW

    ? Real Property

    ? Personal Property

    ? Intellectual Property (Copyright)

    READ: Chapters 27, 28, 30; Additional assigned reading posted on web;

    Assignment on Fair Use Team project discussion and selected presentations

Class 9 INTRODUCTION TO WILLS AND TRUSTS

    ? Intestate Succession

    ? Wills

    ? Trusts

    REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM

    READ: Chapter 31; Additional resources posted on web

Class 10 FINAL EXAM

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