Business Legal Studies (BLS)

BLS 177. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BLS 235. Mock Trial Practicum. (1; maximum 6)

Practical experience in intercollegiate mock trial competition; requires travel to intercollegiate mock trial tournaments; may not be counted for credit toward any major in the School of Business. Course may be repeated for up to six hours.
Prerequisite: one year of collegiate mock trial experience and/or permission of instructor; only members of mock trial team may enroll.

BLS 277. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BLS 316. Legal Writing and Reasoning. (3)

Students in this course will learn strategies for effective and persuasive legal writing, including the appropriate methodologies for legal reading, research and analysis. Students will gain experience writing in a number of genres, including case briefs, memoranda of law, and professional correspondence.); sophomore standing or above.
Prerequisite: ENG 111/112 or waiver of the 111/112 requirement (through AP credit, honors program etc.
Cross-listed with ENG.

BLS 340. Internship. (0-20)

Available to Farmer School of Business (FSB) majors and minors. Available for 0 credit hour during spring, summer and fall terms. Available for 1 credit hour during summer terms only. For one hour of credit, student must secure a sponsoring FSB faculty member within his/her major or minor to supervise the internship and accompanying required internship reflection paper. BLS 340 is not available during winter term. Students are to work through their respective academic departments to enroll in the course. Credit/no credit only. Note: FSB students may earn a maximum 2 credit hours toward graduation for BLS/BUS/ECO/ESP/FIN/ISA/MGT/MKT 340.
Prerequisite: 55 earned hours and permission of department.

BLS 342. Legal Environment of Business. (3) (MPT)

Nature and sources of law; legal analysis and reasoning; judicial system, litigation and alternative dispute resolution; constitutional and administrative law; criminal law; law of torts and products liability; ethics; international business law; law of contracts; law of agency; employment law; and government regulation of business.

BLS 377. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BLS 437. Cyberlaw. (3) (MPT)

Designed and intended to introduce the student to the legal issues surrounding e-commerce. Will develop awareness as to how the internet functions; the legal restrictions and limitations placed upon providers of internet service and those who do business on the internet; also explores issues raised in the area of intellectual property.
Prerequisite: BLS 342.

BLS 442. Business Associations & Communal Law. (3) (MPT)

Study of the legal framework of various organizational forms in business; partnership; corporations; securities regulation and the study of the law of sales; commercial paper; secured transactions and bankruptcy.
Prerequisite: BLS 342.

BLS 443. Property Law. (3)

Principles of real and personal property law; estates in land, instruments of conveyance, mortgages and leases; personal property topics include bailments, intellectual property, and computer law.
Prerequisite: BLS 342.

BLS 462. Estates, Wills & Trusts. (3) (MPT)

Legal, financial, and practical considerations in creation, management, and conservation of an estate. Trust principles and practices; and federal estate and gift rules and planning techniques.
Prerequisite: BLS 342.

BLS 464. International Business Law. (3) (MPT)

Provides framework for understanding international business and legal environment within which it operates. Study traditional commercial law topics, such as rights and obligations of buyer and seller under contract for international sale of goods. Study of private law of international business transactions and public law of international trade. Credit for graduation will not be given for more than one of BLS 464 or BLS 483.
Prerequisite: BLS 342.

BLS 465. Ethics, Law, & Business. (3) (MPC)

Explores legal aspects of business decision-making from an ethical perspective. Focuses on the business manager as an ethical decision-maker and on the corporation as a social moral agent. Conducted in seminar style using cross-functional cases from the core business disciplines. This course may not be used as a finance major elective.
Prerequisite: Farmer Business School core courses and senior standing or permission of instructor.

BLS 477. Independent Studies. (0-5)

BLS 665. Business and Its Legal Environment. (3)

A comprehensive survey of the nature and functions of our legal system and its importance to manager-citizens.

BLS 677. Independent Studies. (0-5)