Business Law I Essentials 

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Business Law I Essentials Course Outline

American Law, Legal Reasoning, and the Legal System

Concepts Covered:

  • Basic American Legal Principles
  • Sources and Types of Law
  • Important Business Laws and Regulations

Disputes and Dispute Settlement

Concepts Covered:

  • Negotiation
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Concepts Covered:

  • Business Ethics
  • Social Responsibility

Business and the United States Constitution

Concepts Covered:

  • Commerce Clause
  • Constitutional Protections

Criminal Liability

Concepts Covered:

  • Common Business Crimes
  • Civil vs. Criminal Liability

The Tort System

Concepts Covered:

  • Intentional Torts and Negligence
  • Product and Strict Liability

Contract Law

Concepts Covered:

  • Agreement, Consideration, and Promissory Estoppel
  • Capacity and Legality
  • Breach of Contract and Remedies

Sales Contracts

Concepts Covered:

  • The Nature and Origins of Sales Contracts
  • Warranties and Sales Contracts

Employment and Labor Law

Concepts Covered:

  • Employment, Worker Protection, and Immigration Law
  • Labor Law
  • Equal Opportunity in Employment

Government Regulation

Concepts Covered:

  • Administrative Law
  • Regulatory Agencies

Antitrust Law

Concepts Covered:

  • History of Antitrust Law
  • Antitrust Laws

Unfair Trade Practices and the Federal Trade Commission

Concepts Covered:

  • Unfair Trade Practices
  • The Federal Trade Commission

International Law

Concepts Covered:

  • Introduction to International Law
  • Sources and Practics of International Law

Securities Regulation

Concepts Covered:

  • Liability Under the Securities Act
  • The Framework of Securities Regulation

About the book

Business Law I Essentials


Business Law I Essentials is a brief introductory textbook designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of courses on Business Law or the Legal Environment of Business. The concepts are presented in a streamlined manner, and cover the key concepts necessary to establish a strong foundation in the subject. The textbook follows a traditional approach to the study of business law. Each chapter contains learning objectives, explanatory narrative and concepts, references for further reading, and end-of-chapter questions.

About the authors:

Contributing Authors

Mirande Valbrune, Esq. Employment Lawyer
Renee De Assis, Texas Woman’s University
Suzanne Cardell, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Tess C. Taylor, Walden University
Dr. Natalie Sappleton, Smartly Institute
C. M. Mitchell, Ashford University
Kenneth Mitchell-Phillips, Portland Community College

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