BLAW 261   Business Law I* (3 Hours)

Prerequisites : (RDG 096 or RDG 126) or College Reading Readiness or department approval.

This course introduces students to the organization and structure of the American legal system as it applies to business. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify potential legal problems in their businesses and recognize when to engage the services of an attorney. The application of legal ethics to business situations will be covered. The distinction between criminal law and civil tort law, and how to apply criminal law and civil law to factual situations involving businesses, will be taught. The common law will be applied to contracts. Concepts of real property, personal property, and intellectual property will be covered. The principles of agency, the different forms of business organizations, and employment law will be introduced.