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Phone: (757) 727-5865

Fax: (757) 727-5048

Dr. Travell Travis
Hampton University
School Of Business
120 Buckman Hall
Hampton, VA 23668

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ETR 410

ETR 410
Legal Issues in Entrepreneurship


This course provides a sound legal foundation that students can use to understand the laws and regulations affecting todayís entrepreneurs. The legal system has a major impact upon every aspect of entrepreneurís life. Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs explores such current critical legal topics as ethics, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Torts, Property, and Contracts. In addition the course will highlight key areas of government regulation, employment practices, and consumer and environmental protection. Students will be exposed to relevant legal forms and documents. By taking this course, students will gain a comprehensive overview of the law as it relates to entrepreneurship.


Cross, Frank B. & Roger LeRoy Miller. Westís Legal Environment of Business. 6th ed. Cincinnati: West Legal Studies in Business. 2001.


MGT 305 Ė Legal Environment of Business

ETR 210 Ė Introduction to Entrepreneurship


In order to expose business students to the critical relationship between business and law, this course acquaints students with fundamental concepts and principles of law that may concern them in their day-to-day business activities. Specifically, the objectives are:

  1. To familiarize the student with legal language and concepts.

  2. To increase studentís understanding of the legal system and how it functions.

  3. To develop the studentís appreciation of the legal environment in which business must operate.

  4. To expose the student to legal reasoning and develop his/her ability to apply legal concepts.

  5. To encourage the student to do critical thinking of the legal implications present in business activities.

  6. To expose students to relevant legal forms and documents


Class Participation 5%

Legal Research Oral Presentation 5%

Court Observation Paper 10%

Legal Research Written Paper 20%

Classroom Test (4) 60%

STUDENT COMPETENCIES: At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the legal system and the legal environment of business.

  2. Produce a research paper using legal resources, citations, and methodology.

  3. Engage in basic legal analysis, reasoning, argument and critical thinking.

  4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

  5. Demonstrate familiarity with several legal documents and forms.

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