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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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MBA 630

Legal Environment of Business


This course provides a sound legal foundation that students can use to understand the laws and regulations affecting todayís businesses. The legal system impacts upon every aspect of American business. The Legal Environment of Business explores such current critical legal topics as government regulation, employment practices, and consumer and environmental protection. This course emphasizes contracts and the American legal system, including the areas of the law of sales, commercial paper, agency and property. By taking this course, the student will gain a comprehensive overview of law and the world of business.


Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, Phillips, and Langvardt. Business Law: The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Enviornment. 13th Edition. Irwin/McGraw-Hill. 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-293394


Graduate Business Administration Student


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 the 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 to various factual situations.

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

(6) To further develop the students research techniques, writing ability, and presentation skills.


Class Participation 5%

Legal Research Paper Topic 5%

Legal Research Oral Presentation 10%

Legal Research Written Paper 20%

Classroom Test (6) 60%


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.

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