BA-225 Business Law

WELCOME TO BUSINESS LAW - BA 225

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Tues/Thurs. via Zoom Classroom

Classroom meeting link: ZOOM CLASSROOM

Fall 2020 / 8-9:20 am Tues/Thurs live via Zoom


We will hold class online in real time 8-9:20 am Tuesdays and Thursdays via Zoom.

You must have a camera on during the entire class so I can see you and call on you.

The link to your Zoom classroom is posted on your course Moodle page.


Introduction to the American legal system (sources of law and legal process); forms of business (sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and Corporations); contract law; agency; employment law; torts; products liability; property law; wills and trusts; business ethics.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:

  1. Summarize the four sources of American Law and how they relate

  2. Outline the court system and explain jurisdiction

  3. Evaluate ADR

  4. Distinguish intentional torts, negligence and product liability.

  5. Identify what intellectual property (IP) refers to and how IP rights are protected.

  6. Compare civil vs. criminal law

  7. Explain the importance of business ethics.

  8. Name and discuss the 4 basic elements of an enforceable contract.

  9. Examine the remedies where there is a breach of contract.

  10. Compare and contrast sales law (UCC Art. 2) vs. common law contracts.

  11. Identify some consumer protection laws.

  12. Summarize the two basic types of negotiable instruments and why they are important to business.

  13. Describe some of the ways creditors can protect their rights.

  14. Summarize the different types of bankruptcy.

  15. Evaluate how employment "at will" has been changed by statutes.

  16. Develop an understanding of entrepreneur's options, especially business forms and financing.

  17. Distinguish personal property from real property.

Instructor: Shawn T. Newman, J.D. (short bio & contact information) https://www.stmartin.edu/directory/shawn-newman-jd

Office Hours: My Office is in OM 413 but best to communicate with me via email at snewman@stmartin.edu. I try to respond to emails within 24 hours.

Book and Resources:

Assessment and Grading: 900 points total

· 5 Exams @ 100 points/each

· 1 Midterm @ 100

· 1 Final @ 100 points

· Class presentations and discussions: 100 points. The class will be divided into teams. Each team will be responsible for presenting The Business Law Critical Thinking Group Assignment. Team presentations will be evaluated by me, classmates and fellow team members. See: Link to the Review Evaluation forms below.

· Attendance: 100 points

Teaching Philosophy: My job is to help you develop legal knowledge and skills that will help you succeed in your life and career. It is your responsibility to be prepared for class and to complete all assignments on time. I do not give re-dos, mulligans or incompletes. I have listed reading assignments, exams and resources for each week. Please note that I reserve the option to modify the schedule and frequently add content to the syllabus based on current events. Classes are conducted like a business meeting. (See Expectations Power Points below). Students must have a camera on during the Zoom classes and PRE-READ the material for that day's class. Dress appropriately and come prepared to engage!


Academic Policy: SMU Academic Policies and Procedures regarding academic dishonesty can be found in the undergraduate student catalog.


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  • Information on student support offices, including academic support, counseling, health, diversity and disability support services can be found in the undergraduate student catalog. Students are responsible for working with disability services to provide me notice of any necessary accommodations.

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Special Arrangements: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, contact SMU’s Disability Support Services ASAP.

Inclusivity Statement: We understand that our members represent a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Saint Martin’s is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. While working together to build this community we ask all members to:

  • share their unique experiences, values and beliefs

  • be open to the views of others

  • honor the uniqueness of their colleagues

  • appreciate the opportunity that we have to learn from each other in this community

  • value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner

  • keep confidential discussions that the community has of a personal (or professional) nature

  • use this opportunity together to discuss ways in which we can create an inclusive environment in this course and across the SMU community


Syllabus will be on Moodle - log in here