Unit: McIntire School of Commerce
Department: McIntire School of Commerce
Office location and address
125 Ruppel DrCharlottesville, Virginia 22904
Introduces the American legal system, emphasizing contracts, torts, agency, corporations, and partnerships. May be taken prior to enrollment in the McIntire School.
Further introduces the American legal system, emphasizing debtor-creditor law, bankruptcy, product liability, and sale of goods, property, and commercial paper. Prerequisite: COMM 3410.
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
Global Commerce courses that count in the Information Technology concentration.
Global Commerce courses that do not count in any concentration.
Independent study under the supervision of a Commerce instructor. A project directly related to business must be submitted to, and approved by, the supervising instructor prior to the Commerce School add date. Students may take COMM 4993 only once. Prerequisite: Fourth-year Commerce standing.
Independent research under the supervision of a Commerce instructor: A research project directly related to business must be submitted to, and approved by, the supervising instructor and complet an approval process designated by the Associate Dean for the B.S. in Commerce degree prior to the Commerce School add date. Students may take Comm 4995 only once. Prerequisite: Fourth Year Commerce standing and a cumulative GPA at or above 3.4.
Today's CPA must have a working familiarity with a number of areas of business law to properly advise clients and to protect their own interests as a practitioner. This course is designed to meet both objectives. The course is broken into six main parts: (1) business entities; (2) civil liability and unfair competition in business; (3) intellectual property; (4) employment law; (5) contracts; and (6) bankruptcy law for businesses.
Presents the opportunity to examine new and emerging Accounting topics or study a related area in greater depth than is covered in other courses. Prerequisite: Graduate Commerce.
This course introduces students to selected areas of business law of particular relevance to general managers and their financial advisers, excluding tax law. The focus is less on the substance of particular legal rules, for which managers rely on their legal advisers, and more on the basic tools of legal analysis. This knowledge adds value in two respects. First, it facilitates communication with lawyers and understanding the advice they provide. Second, it demonstrates a way of analyzing problems that is different from, but complementary to, those taught in core business courses. The course begins with an overview of the foundational topics of the American legal system: the law of contracts, property, and torts. It then moves to substantive areas that managers routinely encounter, such as corporate governance, bankruptcy, intellectual property, and antitrust. The course examines the structure of the court systems and legal profession in the United States and provides some comparative analysis of other legal systems. Students learn to read and understand basic primary legal materials and recognize standard analytical techniques.