American Business Law – JURI 570

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Introduces the fundamental concepts and legal principles that are applicable to the American legal system, its development and inherent ethical considerations. Discusses the basis and structure of business contracts; the creation and characteristics of agencies, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations; and the rights and liabilities of agents, partners, directors and shareholders.




Businesses affect many aspects of our lives. A robust understanding of American business law is therefore critical to those desiring to make an impact and add value. Consequently, this course covers a broad array of business law concepts, such as agency, contracts, sales, and business associations.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate the general American legal environment of business.
  2. Articulate the general principles and law relating to core American law business concepts covered in the course.
  3. Discuss the current state of American business law as developed in the course.
  4. Analyze American business law issues in a variety of factual situations.
  5. Apply Christian worldview principles to American business law concepts.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. At least 3 sources must be cited in the thread. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. At least 1 source must be cited in each reply. All sources used to support your assertions must be cited in current Bluebook format.

Case Briefs (2)

The student will write 2 Case Briefs in current Bluebook format. Each case brief must be at least 500 words. The Case Briefs will require synthesis of the course content, requiring the student to identify the legal issues, apply law to facts, and propose a resolution to the issues presented.

Research Paper

The student will choose 1 of the main topics studied in this course and write a research paper on it. This paper will be completed in 3 parts.

Thesis Statement and Outline

The student will submit an outline of the major points of his/her Research Paper. The student will also submit a thesis statement of no more than 2 sentences that specifies the subject matter of the paper. The Outline and Thesis Statement must follow current Bluebook format.

First Draft

The student will submit a draft of the Research Paper. The draft must include an introduction, thesis statement, outline, main body, and conclusion in current Bluebook format, as well as at least 15 scholarly sources using proper current Bluebook footnotes. The draft must be at least 3,000 words. The word count includes the citations, but not the outline.


The student will submit his/her final Research Paper. The final paper must include a title page and abstract. The paper must be at least 5,000 words and include at least 25 sources, using proper current Bluebook footnotes. The word count includes the citations, but not the outline.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and/or true/false questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours.