Writing Assignment – Spring 2011
Legal Environment of Business I (MGT 218)
(January 19, 2011)
As indicated in the course syllabus, this writing assignment will be worth
15% of the grade.
The paper is
due no later than the start of the class session
on Friday, April
Writing assignments will not be accepted after that time.
You may either hand in a hard
copy of the writing assignment to me in person when you arrive in class or – if on a date prior to
that day -- deliver such a copy to my office in Room 105.
simply drop off the paper on
some desk or in my in-box: if you do not hand the paper to me directly, you must have someone
in my office indicate the time and date you submitted the paper and ask them to initial that
be sure to also read and review the“
Guidelines for Academic Papers.”
This is a
separate document that the course instructor will provide to you.
The requirements for the writing assignment are the following:
You must discuss a specific substantive (not procedural) U.S. business law topic
covered in the syllabus for this class this semester
by starting with reference to a legal
issue that is raised in a “springboard” article of your choosing that has been published
recently (July 1, 2010 or later
) by a major respectable business or general media
periodical or newspaper (e.g.,
The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Investors
Daily, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, The Economist, The New York Times, The
Articles from most industry publications as well as brief online
articles or other short articles from print or electronic sources are not acceptable
The “springboard” article you choose should
highlight a claim or case or discuss
several claims or cases on some substantive U.S. business law topic covered during
The articles that work best as “springboards” are longer, substantial
articles that explore a topic in depth.
For example, a cover article in a magazine or a
front page or major feature article in a newspaper on your topic will often provide you
with a substantial “springboard” article.
The goal is to use the chosen article as a “springboard” for further research (i.e., other
articles, books, discussions of cases) on the topic, all of which should be discussed in
Your research should lead you to discussions in other recent articles of specific,
actual U.S. substantive business law claims, cases and issues that are either
pending or decided to illustrate your points about your chosen topic
digress into discussions of procedural law, policy, processes, economics,
history, or a particular technology.
Your paper must focus on a discussion of a
substantive U.S. business law topic.