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Undergraduate Law Courses

The Department of Law has courses designed to acquaint students with the legal and ethical consequences of their business decisions. The choice of law courses provides Bentley undergraduates with the necessary knowledge to function as ethically responsible business leaders in an ever-expanding complex business technology environment.

LA101 Law and Society

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

This course explores the subject of law and the social order. It illustrates how changes in our laws reflect changes in society and vice versa. In this way, the course provides a focused study of the law as a dynamic force in social change. It presents tangible examples of the power (and the limits) of law to address contemporary social problems. Themes of the course include: the legal ramifications of membership in certain societal groups (e.g. non-citizens, homeless, mentally ill, criminals); the legal impact of changing religious demographics and social attitudes (e.g., euthanasia, legalization of marijuana and/or prostitution, LGBTQ rights); and the legal impact of STEM advances (e.g., guns, reproductive rights, education). Students will learn to critically examine current laws as well as to articulate suggestions for improvements to these that will be true to our constitutional framework.

LA102 Environmental Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 103 or GB 110

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

This course will discuss the origins, history and trends that have evolved in environmental law. It will explore the basic legal and ethical issues related to environmental law with major emphasis on how these issues, and the applicable laws, past and present, impact the business and personal environments. The course will focus on relevant statutes and laws at the federal, state and local levels of government. Important federal and state case decisions will also be discussed. The course will attempt to put into perspective the extent of the impact environmental laws have on society and business as the attempt to protect and preserve the environment from the effects of global warming and other threats continue to be a major concern to life as we know it.

LA104 Gender and the Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

Explores the law both as a force in maintaining the second-class citizenship of women and as a tool in dismantling gender discrimination throughout society. Examines ways in which the law, in the name of patriarchy and protection of women, has been unfair to men. Reviews legal milestones in women's history whereby women gained such rights as the right to vote, to serve as jurors, to serve in the military. Studies the evolution of law as a tool for empowerment of women from early caselaw through modern statutes that seek to prevent gender discrimination in such societal arenas as the workplace, education, and health care. Addresses what many believe is the failure of the legal system to adequately handle areas in which women arguably have unique needs, by examining such topics as the laws surrounding pregnancy, rape and domestic violence.

LA105 Race and the Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

Examines the role of the law both as a force in maintaining the second-class citizenship of racial minorities and as a tool in dismantling racial discrimination throughout society. Considers the law as an instrument of oppression of racial minorities through historical reviews of laws and court decisions that have treated whites and non-whites differently; examines legal efforts to liberate and empower racial minorities. Focuses on selected topics particular to Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and African Americans, as well as legal issues common to all racial minorities (hate crimes, housing segregation, equal education opportunity, discrimination in the criminal justice system, workplace discrimination, affirmative action). Looks at the intersection of gender and race to identify issues unique to female members of racial minorities.

LA106 "Outsiders" and the Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

This course provides a focused study of the law as a dynamic force in social change by examining law as both an instrument of institutionalized oppression and a tool for liberation and empowerment of oppressed groups-those "outside" the majority. This particular course will focus on traditionally disenfranchised groups other than women and racial minorities. (For a parallel study of these groups, the Law Department offers LA 104, Gender and the Law, and LA 105, Race and the Law, respectively.) Groups studied in this course include: religious minorities, the physically challenged, the elderly, minors (including students), gay and bisexual persons, non-citizens, the homeless, the mentally ill, and criminals. The course will address the law's historical and current role both in maintaining the second class citizenship of these groups and in dismantling discrimination against them.

LA108 Moot Court

Prerequisite(s): GB 110 or LA 101

Note: May be used as social science, art science or unrestricted elective.

This upper-level law course simulates a moot court exercise as conducted in law school. In the course, you prepare and present a legal argument before a simulated appeals court. Working in teams of two, you are assigned a contemporary legal problem, which you are required to analyze, research, prepare, and argue. Argument is made both in writing with the submission of a formal legal memorandum and orally in a simulated appellate court setting. The course also includes a visit to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts where students observe an actual hearing.

LA145 English Origins of the Law

Prerequisite(s): (Formerly ID 245) Instructor permission required.

Note: Includes travel to England dudring Spring break.

Students study the developments in early English history that form the basis of the American common law system. As part of the study students travel to London during spring break to enrich their understanding of this English foundation by visiting places and people relevant to course materials. The materials are in the form of readings, case studies, and discussion that focus on the period 1066-1215. Specifically, topics include the historical origins of the common law system under Henry II and the establishment of limits on royal authority under Magna Carta. These topics are developed in relation to the king’s interest in protecting real property rights and protecting individuals from criminal activity, both of which came to be the basis of common law jurisdiction in the royal courts.

LA210 Business Law I

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Provides an understanding of contract law by discussing and explaining the formation, avoidance, discharge and enforcement of a contract. The Uniform Commercial Code is studied with emphasis on the law of sales, commercial paper, banking law and secured transactions. Personal property law and accountant's and auditor's liability conclude the course, with emphasis on ethical issues as they relate to legal obligations.

LA211 Business Law II

Prerequisite(s): LA 210 or Instructor's Permission

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective.

Includes topics on the business law section of the CPA exam not covered in Legal Environment of Business and Business Law I and is of special interest to the accountancy major. Acquaints the student with laws relevant to agencies, partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, real estate, securities regulations, bankruptcy, insurance, wills, trusts and estates. Tax laws are discussed throughout the course as they relate to the subject matter.

LA302 Marketing Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the laws relating to marketing activities with emphasis on modern corporate activity. Students will become acquainted with the laws that relate to the 4 P’s of Marketing (product, place, price and promotion). Students will gain an appreciation for legal problems encountered by those involved in the research, development, manufacture, promotion, sales and distribution of products and services. Additionally students will learn how businesses can keep key personal from engaging in illegal marketing activities and what redress consumers may have based on such behavior. The following areas of law will be addressed: jurisdiction, debt practices, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret), antitrust, franchisor-franchisee relationships, contracts, regulation of advertising, consumer protection, product warranties, and product liability.

LA308 International Business Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Surveys the leading principles in international business law as applied in decisions of domestic and international courts; the sources, development and authority of international business law, such as the laws of the European Common Market; the making, interpretation and enforcement of treaties; and the organization and jurisdiction of international tribunals.

LA309 Management and Human Resources Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

As both employees and future managers, it is important for students to have a working knowledge of workplace laws that govern the rights of employers and employees. In addition to federal and state statutes, the course will examine court cases, federal and state agency decisions, and pending controversies taken from current news headlines. Topics include: job interview questions; performance evaluations; employee terminations; maternity, medical and other leaves; monitoring of employees’ email, texts and voicemail; employment discrimination; workplace romances; sexual harassment; drug testing; wages and other terms of employment; union representation; collective bargaining; unfair labor practices; occupational safety regulation; and public sector employment topics. Classes will employ student analysis of textual material, including court and agency decisions, and discussion of relevant current events, supplemented by lectures, role playing, student presentations, and films.

LA311 Real Estate Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Helps students recognize potential problems related to the purchase or rental of real estate. It includes the treatment of contracts for the sale of real estate, transfer of title, title examination, security for real estate transactions such as mortgages, methods and problems of co-ownership, zoning ordinances, brokerage contracts, and constitutional issues related to real property. Landlord and tenant rights and liabilities are addressed as well as environmental issues related to real estate. Satisfies Massachusetts real estate salesperson licensing requirements.

LA313 Securities Regulation

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Discusses, within a legal context, the roles and ethical considerations of corporate management, the underwriter, CPA, directors and "insiders." The nature of a security, the registration process, exemptions from registration, and civil liability are explained within the Securities Acts and regulations promulgated thereunder by the Securities Exchange Commission.

LA315 Court and Alternatives

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective. Formerly: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Business.

Litigation has decreased 75% over the last twenty years. How are companies and consumers solving their legal issues if they are not going to court? This class discusses the fundamentals of a trial, emphasizing those aspects that have led to an increase in the use of alternative means of resolving legal disputes. In addition to preparing students for the costs and risks of business litigation, the course focuses on the evolution of negotiating settlements, mediations, and arbitration along with collaborative law, summary jury trials, mini-trials and private judging. Develops dispute resolution skills, business considerations on a domestic and international level and ethical concerns in selecting and using alternative dispute resolution.

LA316 Sports and Entertainment Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

An examination of the sports and entertainment industry requires delving into the law of contracts, labor, anti-trust, intellectual property, torts, Internet and the U.S. Constitution. Our analysis begins by studying college sports, amateur sports, Olympic sports, and Title IX's impact on athletic opportunities for women. A significant amount of the classroom material is devoted to surveying the major professional team sports including looking at collective bargaining agreements, labor discord, privacy, salaries, drug testing and freedom of movement from team to team. The economic aspects of both professional sports and movie industry are explored. This includes looking at team franchise movement in professional sports and financing, producing, and distributing movies and TV. The role of the Screen Actors Guild is reviewed at length. Agency law is also examined in the context of the relationships involving agents (and/or managers) who represent celebrities and athletes.

LA317 Media Law

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

The study of media is the study of the lifeblood of world culture, art, entertainment, politics, knowledge and transmission of information. From the invention of movable type by Johannes Gutenberg through the evolution of media technology including radio, television, cable television, satellite radio, the internet, VCRs, DVDs, CDs, TIVOs, IPODs, cell phones and numerous other technologies, there have been constant expansions of information while the world has shrunk and truly become a global village. Regulation of media through law is essential to an orderly, positive utilization of media in the public interest. Rules and regulations established through legislatures, administrative agencies, court rulings and industry- established regulations are of primary importance. In addition, as media has become more of a global phenomenon, the interworking of the law and ethical business practices of countries around the world has become a major factor in today's media law.

LA318 White Collar Crime

Prerequisite(s): GB 110

Note: This course fulfills a business or unrestricted elective

Examines the growing list of white collar crimes, including: corporate crimes; accounting, securities, and bank fraud; insider trading; bribery; extortion; kickbacks; tax crimes; money laundering; corporate environmental crimes; counterfeit products; intellectual property piracy; corporate espionage; state sponsored corporate crimes; health care, insurance, and mortgage fraud, identity theft; credit card fraud; data base hacking; and an ever expanding list of scams. Explores the history of white collar crime and its evolution as a framework for understanding the current wide scope and rapidly growing prevalence of these criminal acts which endanger everyone. Considers efforts to combat white collar crime through civil and criminal statutes and regulations.

LA401 Directed Study in Law

Prerequisite(s): Department chairperson's permission

Permits superior students to engage in specialized study. Allows repetition for credit.

LA402 Seminar in Law

Prerequisite(s): Department chairperson's permission

Note: Not offered regularly. Check with department chair for availability.

Provides opportunity for small groups of advanced students to study selected topics. (Allows repetition for credit.)

LA421 Internship in Law

Prerequisite(s): Completion of either GB 110, LA 101 or LA 103, junior level standing, 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and permission of the internship coordinator

Note: May be used to fulfill unrestricted elective credits

Students interested in law are afforded the opportunity to apply and expand their academic learning with hands-on experience that focuses on the laws and procedures of the legal system as related to consumers and others in need of assistance. Minimum hour requirement: 12 hours per week for 12 weeks or the equivalent of 144 hours. It may include more hours. It expected that the student will do additional reading outside these hours and assignments as well. In the summer it is understood that the student may well have to work the equivalent of 3 days a week additionally to earn money outside the internship especially if it is an unpaid one.