Write a 2–page executive briefing of a selected business-related case that has been decided by a state court, a federal court, or the United States Supreme Court.

In this introductory course to business law, you will examine real-world court decisions pertinent to the topics that you will be studying. This is not a course designed to train lawyers, and you are not expected to be an attorney-in-training. However, you will be entailed to do a substantial amount of independent research in the scholarly and professional resources of the field. You will be called upon to locate court cases in which the legal topics of focus for each assessment are applied, to select one that you think represents a pertinent example of the law, and to write an analysis paper for each case.

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If you have never researched or read court cases before, you may find these tasks daunting at first. To help you get your research started, some prominent searchable databases of court cases have been recommended for you in the Resources. Try to imagine yourself as either the plaintiff or the defendant in the cases you review, to make these controversies more resonant to your life. It will help to make the material more engaging and enjoyable.

Use the resources provided to begin to familiarize yourself with the legal terminology as early as possible, in order to help you make sense of the complex language often found in court cases. It is vital that you start by familiarizing yourself with the essential legal terminology, in order to develop a grounding in the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of American business law. The terminology that you will learn in this course will be useful in both a scholarly and everyday context.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Articulate the importance, context, purpose, and relevance of law in a business environment.
    • Summarize the facts and ruling of a legal case.
  • Competency 3: Evaluate key judicial concepts that influence the decisions related to business.
    • Analyze how a legal case could impact businesses.
    • Explain how a legal case could impact a specific organization.
  • Competency 5: Develop information literacy skills as applied to business law.
    • Exhibit information literacy skills as applied to business law.
 
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