Welcome to BA 225 – Business Law – Summer 2017 – Saint Martin’s University

Welcome to BA225 – Business Law.  I am looking forward to spending the next few weeks with you as we learn about how the law and legal environment impact business operations.

A few things as we dig into the semester –

There are no tests, but a lot of reading and writing in this class.  The writing assignments build into a capstone exercise and presentation.  Stay on top of the assignments.

The books are all cheap and available used on Amazon:


Law 101 – Feinman, J.M., Law 101 – Everything You Need to Know About American Law, 4th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2014. (Required) ISBN: 978-0-19-934169-6

Legal Guide for Small Business – American Bar Association, Legal Guide for Small Business, 2nd Edition, Random House, 2010. (Required) ISBN: 978-0-375-72303-2


Catechism for Business – Abela, A.V. and Capizzi, J.E. ed., A Catechism for Business, 2nd Edition, Catholic University Press of America, 2016. (Optional) ISBN: 978-0-8132-2884-6

It will be helpful if you have a laptop or tablet for the exams and classes.  My philosophy is that you should know how to identify issues and be able to do that in the real world – not memorize cases.  This isn’t law school – it’s business school.  As such, we will learn the application of law to business, not how to be a business lawyer.

As a manager – regardless of major or industry – it is critical that you understand the impacts of the law and ethics on your family, your company, or your country.

There should be no reason that you do not pass this class if you complete the assignments, focus on what is covered in class, show up and participate.  I am planning on recording the lectures and posting them to YouTube, so if you need to review a class lecture, it will be available to you.  These are not good replacements for in-class participation, but should help with review and dealing with the occasional absence.

I’m looking forward to class on May 30!

BA 225 Syllabus Summer 01 2017

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