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Business, Law, and Ethics in Modern Society

BLAW 5175 - Business, Law, and 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.

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BLAW 5181 - Government and the Legal Environment of Business

This course introduces the essential functions and roles of the legal environment of business. The fundamentals of the legal and ethical environment of business are explored, including legal institutions and legal process. The course discusses intentional torts and negligence, common, statutory and administrative law, and alternative dispute resolution. Selected topics in the legal environment of business are also examined, including employment law, securities law, and intellectual property.

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BLAW 5182 - Business Responsibility, Accountability and Ethics

This course delivers the essentials of legal astuteness, enabling students to ensure regulatory compliance, manage legal counsel, minimize liability and reach value-added business decisions in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. This course also examines the leading societal issues relevant to a firm’s responsibilities toward its business environment. Topics covered include fairness in the workplace, corporate governance, bribery and corruption, corporate responsibility, and firm-regulator relations. Pillars of responsible business conduct are also introduced in order to develop to values-driven decision-making skills in the social and ethical environment of business.

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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 studentsto a wide range of problems involving hiring, firing,discrimination, harassment, andaccommodation, 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.

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BLAW 5254 - Managing the Future of Social Enterprise

Developing and managing market-based approaches to global human rights and social issues. Strategizing how companies create value both for society and business, including role of for-profit businesses as agents for positive social impact in changing legal, regulatory, policy, and market environments. Regulatory and business strategies that serve markets and promote long-term economic viability, sustainability, and human rights. Managerial perspectives on social innovation, statutory benefit corporations, corporate social certifications, social investment, shared value, strategic philanthropy and business opportunities serving emerging markets. (Also offered as BADM 5254, BLAW 5254 and HRTS 5254).

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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.

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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.

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BLAW 5894 - Seminar

Investigation and discussion of special topics in law.

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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.

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