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 asked 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 relevant to the topics of contracts and torts and to write an analysis for each case.
To help you get your research started, some prominent searchable databases of court cases have been recommended for you in the assessment resources. Try to imagine yourself as either the plaintiﬀ or the defendant in the cases you review, to make these cases more meaningful to your life.
Use the resources provided to familiarize yourself with the legal terminology as early as possible, in order to help you make sense of the legal language found in court cases. The terminology that you will learn in this course will be useful in both a scholarly and everyday context.
Contracts are the heart and soul of commercial transactions. Different types of contracts bind parties together in business dealings. Review contracts that you have signed recently—a lease, an employment agreement, an extended warranty—to examine not only the language but also the scope of these agreements. Examine the language in the contract that outlines how disagreements will be resolved, and the penalties that adhere to either party for breach of the contract.
The first step in preparing your case law analysis is to locate a published court decision and select an organization you believe would be impacted by the decision.
Once you have selected a decision and an organization impacted by the decision, assume you’re a senior manager in the organization you selected and that you were asked to prepare an analysis of the court decision and brief the executive team of the organization about the impact the case might have on the company. Your briefing should include a summary of the case, as well as an evaluation of how the court’s decision impacts the organization from a business, legal, and ethical perspective. Be sure to list your case citation in the References page at the end of your briefing.
Step 1: Exhibit information literacy skills as applied to business law.
Step 2: Summarize the facts and ruling of a legal case and its impact on businesses.
Step 3: Explain how the court decision impacts legal and ethical compliance in a business environment.
Step 4: Explain how a legal case could impact a specific organization not a party to the case.
Based on your executive audience, your executive briefing should be no more than three pages, in addition to a References page, and should be well organized and written in clear, succinct language. Follow APA rules for attributing content to sources that support your analysis and conclusions.
Your submission should meet the following requirements:
Review the assessment scoring guide for details on how your assessment will be graded.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:
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