Business Law Course Descriptions

BLAW 5175 – Business, Law & Ethics in Modern Society

This course examines the formulation, interpretation, and application of law to business. It incorporates the study of ethical issues that arise in contemporary business settings, including professional conduct and corporate social responsibility. This course covers major areas of legal regulation to which businesses are subject, including tort liability, contract law, partnership and corporate law, employment and labor law, intellectual property law, environmental regulation and sustainability, and financial regulation. Emphasis is placed on active, experiential application of legal reasoning and analysis and on the global and comparative dimensions of legal and ethical issues.

Open to MBA students, others with permission

BLAW 5220 – Employment Law

Examines federal and state laws regulating the employer-employee relationship and the dynamics of the contemporary workplace, as well as different legal forums and regulatory mechanisms impacting U.S. employment law. Introduces students to a wide range of problems involving hiring, firing, discrimination, harassment, and accommodation, emphasizes the importance of managing employer-­employee relationships to resolve disputes and grow productivity, and addresses the prevention of claims and mitigation of legal risk in the context of business drivers, operational strategy, and the economic realities of today’s workplace.

BLAW 5660 – International Business Law

This course examines major issues in international law by focusing primarily on the extensive legal and ethical environment of the modern international marketplace. Key topics to be explored include jurisdiction, international dispute resolution, contract law and the international sale of goods, intellectual property, employment, and environmental issues. The course will also help students understand key institutions in the international legal system and learn about current legal topics related to international trade and foreign investment.

Open to MBA students, others with permission

BLAW 5680 – Securities Law

This course examines U.S. federal securities law, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory bodies to provide knowledge of the rules and institutions of securities regulation as well as related policy issues and strategic considerations by market participants. Emphasis is placed on the legal and ethical responsibilities of corporate managers and executives, accountants, underwriters, and broker-dealers, and on the global and transnational aspects of securities transactions. The Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and reforms implemented by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are covered.

Open to MBA students, others with permission

BLAW 5894 – Ethics and Compliance in the Global Organization

This course will examine the compliance function from an ethical and organizational perspective. It will incorporate the study of compliance in contemporary business settings. The multifaceted nature of compliance will be examined as well as how compliance leaders introduce and sustain an ethical culture of integrity in the enterprise. The course will also examine key compliance processes and explore why certain compliance initiatives succeed or fail. Compliance will also be viewed from a global perspective, incorporating ethical, legal, and cultural challenges and opportunities in a global compliance program.

Open to MBA students, others with permission

BLAW 5895 – Special Topics in Business Law

Faculty-student interaction on a one-to one basis involving independent study of specific areas of law. Emphasis, selected by the student, may be on theoretical or applied aspects. A written report is required.