Business & Personal Law

The scales of justiceMany adults reflect back on their lives and wonder why they did not learn basic business and personal law concepts in their core high school classes. Every adult American is assumed to know the law, but it is a complex subject that is very difficult to research in-detail.

We can always hire attorneys, but that costs hundreds of dollars for each and every hour they work for us. Taking a law class in high school may be the most valuable course some high school offers. Why?

Because the law demands that we comply whether we understand it or not -- and this applies to all employment issues,  contracts and agreements we make as well.

The textbook our class is based on is South Western/Cengage's Law for Business and Persononal Use.  The 17th edition is available for students to check-out, but we will not require each student to do so.  The South Western/Cengage companion website has many interactive and supplemental resources. 

Glencoe/McGraw-Hill also has a strongest business law resources and their book Business & Personal Law  has a companion website that has enriched online resources for this class. 

The companion website for that book is available free online (at this time) and offers a links to a glossary of legal terms, debate tips N tricks, and a radio Glencoe podcast series.  I have also put together a list of free online law research sites.

We will spend most of our time doing projects on real cases, many coming from this list of 80 Supreme Court Decisions (downloadable, printable, .pdf)

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Free Online Legal ResourcesUnits we will cover include:

  1. Laws & Their Ethical Foundations
  2. Constitutional Rights
  3. Court Systems
  4. Criminal Law & Procedures
  5. Civil Law & Procedures
  6. Unit 1 Review (downloadable, printable 3 pg .pdf) or MS Word file
  7. Contract Law
    1. Contract Law Basics
    2. Offer & Acceptance
    3. Genuineness of Assent
    4. Consideration
    5. Legal Capacity to Contract
    6. Legal Purpose & Proper Form
    7. Contractual Obligations & Their Enforcement
    8. Sales Contracts
  8. Unit 2 Review
  9. Real (tangible) & Personal (tangible or intangible) Property
  10. Intellectual Property
    1. Copyrights
    2. Patents
    3. Trademarks & Servicemarks
    4. Trade Secrets
  11. Unit 3 Review
  12. Employment Law
  13. Legal Forms of Business Organization
    1. Sole Proprietorship
    2. Partnership
    3. Corporation
    4. How to Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

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