Legal Environment of Business – BUL4310 Syllabus, Spring 2011
© Robert W. Emerson, January 4, 2011
Warning: This Syllabus is neither a contract nor an offer, and the professor may alter it at any time.
Robert W. Emerson, J.D.
Office: Stuzin 227
Law Student Teaching Assistant
Phone: 352-392-8178 (voice mail)
Office: Stuzin 212
Former BUL4310 students
Phone: 352-392-8436 ext. 1305 (no voicemail)
Office: Bryan 225
Prof. Emerson: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:15 - 4:45 pm
Law Student TAs and Undergraduate Assistants: Please see the course website for this information (to
be posted second week of classes).
ATTENDING LIVE CLASS
The live class is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Periods 6 & 7 (12:50-1:40 pm; 1:55-2:45 pm) in Bryan
Feel free to come to the live class, no matter what section you are actually enrolled in.
in the morning, there will be room!
Also, consider - in addition to the class lectures - the comprehensive,
exam-oriented review sessions (offered by the professor and law students – see below), the assistants’
office hours throughout the day, the discussion board “threads,” and e-mail as well as the chat room; you
have multiple avenues for asking questions and discussing anything on your mind.
In fact, besides just
watching lectures and reading on your own, this class, although large, offers students many opportunities
to engage in participatory learning.
PREPARING BEFORE CLASS
Class lectures proceed through the Law, Society and Business (LSB) text and the web-posted
Supplemental Information sets.
Before coming to (watching) the class, you should read about 12 pages ahead, per class period, in the
You will also find it helpful to read the notes from the prior class as well as read the
relevant Barron’s text pages (see READING ASSIGNMENTS, below) that correspond to where we are in
the LSB text.
(In addition to the Readings, you should review the Barron’s end-of-chapter questions and
study and practice via the LSB questions available online from the LSB publisher; this, along with the
Readings and good class attendance and note-taking, are very helpful in doing well in this class.)
To better understand lectures and take notes, you should review (not study deeply, but at least glance
at to be familiar with) the Supplemental Information materials posted on the website.
There are four sets
of Supplemental Information materials, one for each of the four sections of the course (a “section”
corresponds with the material for each of the four exams).
As the lectures take place, we proceed in
order through these Supplemental Information sets, just as we tend to follow the LSB in order.
In a few
classes, we may not discuss any of the items in the Supplemental Information text, and – at the other
extreme – in a few classes we may deal with a large number of items (perhaps as many as a half dozen).
Also, some items may, as we skip past them in class, be left for you to consider on your own time.