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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "LAW 219"
COURSE NAME: "Legal Environment of Business "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session II 2018
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Magaldi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MTWTH 11:10-1:00 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Recommended: EN 110 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course provides students with an overview of the law in general, beginning with the foundations of the legal and regulatory environment, the law-making processes, and the implementation of legal rules. Students examine some areas of substantive law, including bodies of law that are regulatory in nature. Particular attention is given to aspects of business transactions in an international context.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
This course provides students with an overview of the law in general, beginning with the foundations of the legal and regulatory environment, the law-making processes, and the implementation of legal rules. Students examine some areas of substantive law, including bodies of law that are regulatory in nature. Particular attention is given to aspects of business transactions in an international context.

Textbook information is:
Anderson's Business Law and the Legal Environment, 23rd Ed.  Twomey, Jennings & Greene Cengage ISBN:  978*1*305*57508*0
In an effort to reduce your textbook costs, students are permitted to buy any edition of the textbook from the 19th edition onward.  If you choose this option, you are responsible for having a textbook on the first day of class.  
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Our learning goal is to develop and foster critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills in the context of the study of law.  In particular:

·       To acquaint students with the basic laws governing such aspects of business as contracts, real property, personal property, employment law and crimes

·       To give students a sense of the broader legal environment of business

·       To give students a historical perspective on the development of law

·       To encourage students to think critically about the law and to consider the ethical implications of business transactions

·       To help students develop problem solving and decision making skills in the context of analyzing cases and hypothetical fact‑patterns

·       To help students understand law in the context of local, national and global forums

·       To help students develop written and verbal communication skills within the context of the study of law 

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Exam 1There will be two exams during the term and a final exam at the end of the term. The final exam will be cumulative. There will be no make-up exams without documented proof of inability to attend the exam due to medical or other emergency reason. Each exam is worth one-third of the final grade. Each student’s final grade will be eligible to be raised or lowered one grade step (e.g., from B+ to A- or from B+ to B) based upon the class preparation, on-call performance, class participation and attendance. 1/3
Exam 2There will be two exams during the term and a final exam at the end of the term. The final exam will be cumulative. There will be no make-up exams without documented proof of inability to attend the exam due to medical or other emergency reason. Each exam is worth one-third of the final grade. Each student’s final grade will be eligible to be raised or lowered one grade step (e.g., from B+ to A- or from B+ to B) based upon the class preparation, on-call performance, class participation and attendance. 1/3
Final ExamThere will be two exams during the term and a final exam at the end of the term. The final exam will be cumulative. There will be no make-up exams without documented proof of inability to attend the exam due to medical or other emergency reason. Each exam is worth one-third of the final grade. Each student’s final grade will be eligible to be raised or lowered one grade step (e.g., from B+ to A- or from B+ to B) based upon the class preparation, on-call performance, class participation and attendance. 1/3
HomeworksHomework is due on the date specified on the syllabus. Homework questions are found in your course packet. Do not complete questions at the end of the chapter. Students are encouraged to bring an additional copy of their homework to class to facilitate note-taking. We will discuss homework in class and it is helpful to have a copy to reference and correct as the discussion progresses. All answers must include the legal reasoning used to reach the answer and must demonstrate clear and concise writing and proper use of English and spelling. Step Up or Down
Class Participation and "On Call" StudentsProper preparation is essential to creating an interesting and engaging learning environment. Students are responsible for reading the assigned chapter in advance of the class where the material will be discussed. Every student should be prepared to be called on in class to discuss any portion of the week’s lesson. In addition, each week a number of students will be designated as “on-call.” These students will be responsible for answering questions and leading class discussion about the previous week’s homework and reading. Step Up or Down

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the cour
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
Class participation is essential so attendance at class is strongly recommended.  Because of the nature of the material, it is virtually impossible for a student to do well on the exams without the benefit of the class discussions.  Attendance will be taken at every class.  According to university policy, you cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. 
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE






Date

Topic

Chapter

Homework Due in Class

1

July 2

Introduction to the Course

Introduction to U.S. Law

2

None

2

July 3

Foundations of the Legal and Regulatory Environment – The Court System and Dispute Resolution

2

1, 3, 5, 8, 9

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July 4 

No Class – INDEPENDENCE DAY

3

July 5

Criminal Law and Regulatory Compliance 

7/8

1, 2, 3, 4, 10

4

July 6

Make-Up for July 4

Criminal Law and Regulatory Compliance

7/8

None

5

July 9

Constitutional Aspects of Criminal Law – 4th and 5th Amendment Issues

7/8

None

6

July 10

Regulation of Employment through Title VII – Race, Sex, National Origin and Religion

39/40

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14

7

July 11

Equal Employment Opportunity Law – Sexual Harassment

39/40

None

8

July 12

Exam #1

9

July 16

Introduction to Contracts 

Offer and Acceptance

12/13

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9

10

July 17

Offer and Acceptance

12/13

None

11

July 18

Capacity to Consent

13/14

1, 2, 4, 6, 10, 11

12

July 19

Genuine Assent

13/14

None

13

July 23

Consideration

14/15

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12

14

July 24

Breach of Contract and Remedies

19/20

2, 4, 6, 10, 11

15

July 25

Exam #2

16

July 26

Personal Property

20/21

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12

17

July 30

Bailments

20/21

None

18

July 31

Real Property and Property Regulation

48/49

2, 4, 5, 6, 10

19

August 1

Intellectual Property – Trademarks and Patents

9/10

1, 4, 5, 7, 8

20

August 2

Intellectual Property – Copyright and Fair Use

9/10

Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox Controversy

21

August 3

FINAL EXAM