Advanced Legal Environment of Business

Course Code:
BUL 4310

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the legal setting in which businesses operate. Legal topics include the nature of law and the legal process, administrative law, business and the constitution, statutory and common law, business ethics, regulatory law, and agency/unemployment law.

Course Details


As assigned


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Miller. Business Law Today: Comprehensive Text and Cases, 13th ed., Cengage. 2022.  ISBN: 9780357634721.


Cengage Unlimited:

  • 1-semester subscription: ISBN 9780357700006
  • 1-year subscription: ISBN 9780357700013
  • 2-year subscription: ISBN 9780357700020


Assignment/course outline:

The following topics will be covered in this course at the discretion of the instructor:   

  • Law: Purposes and Sources   
  • Court Systems   
  • Litigation   
  • Alternatives for Resolving Controversies   
  • Constitutional Grounds for Regulating Business   
  • Legal Aspects of International Law   
  • Law for the Aspiring Entrepreneur   
  • Criminal Law and Business   
  • Torts, Property   
  • Introduction to Contracts and Remedies   
  • The Agreement: Offer and Acceptance   
  • Bargained-for Consideration   
  • Contractual Capacity and Genuine Assent   
  • Illegality and Public Policy 
  • Form and Interpretation of Contracts   
  • Contract Rights   
  • Sales Contracts   
  • Warranties   
  • Employment and Labor Law, etc.

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

BA-1 Exhibit knowledge of accounting, finance, management, legal, operations and marketing.   

BA-2 Identify MIS, economics, technology, statistical data and decision support tools for making effective business decisions.

BA-3 Recognize the impact of today‚Äôs global economy, diversity and cultures on businesses. 

BA-4 Comprehend how effective leadership, teamwork and ethics relate to best business practices.  

BA-5 Use effective oral and written communication skills, including effective research techniques. 


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
Appraise where our legal system comes from and how it has evolved

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5

Homework, tests, quizzes
Contrast different areas of the law pertinent to business issues

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5

Homework, tests, quizzes
Develop specific case studies openly in class using legal terminology

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5

Homework, tests, quizzes
Evaluate legal issues in factual scenarios

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5

Homework, tests, quizzes
Synthesize how ethical and legal issues overlap and conflict

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5

Homework, tests, quizzes
Appraise how different legal concepts affect the Business environment. 

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5

Homework, tests, quizzes



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  1. Attend and participate in class regularly.
  2. Read all assigned material before class.
  3. Study in-class notes and online (Canvas) materials.
  4. Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.
  5. Participate in discussions.
  6. Demonstrate your mastery of the required skills on quizzes, exams, etc.
  7. Complete all assignments with promptness and accuracy.
  8. All written documents as well as online assignments must be completed using correct grammar, spelling, and structure.


The grading breakdown is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


up to 40%

Test (which includes Midterm and Final) 

up to 60%

Assignments, Projects and/or Labs     

up to 40%


up to 20%


Please see your first day handout for individual instructor grading schemes.



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