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College of Law

Florida State University

 

Curriculum

Core Curriculum

  • Contracts

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to the formation, performance, and breach of contracts. The course will also cover introduce students to contract interpretation, damages, conditions, rights of third parties, and assignments.

  • Introduction to Legal Studies and Research
  • Legislation and Regulation

    (2 credits)

    Obligations imposed by government on businesses are numerous, substantial, and increasing. These obligations emanate mainly from statutes enacted by legislatures and regulations promulgated by administrative agencies. This course explores how statutes and regulations come into existence, when they may be invalid, how courts interpret them, and what steps businesses take in responding to statutory and regulatory initiatives.  Business and law have become so intertwined and inseparable that statutes and regulations are not just for lawyers anymore. To perform their responsibilities competently, effectively, and ethically, numerous non-lawyers – including middle-level and top-level executives – must acquire the knowledge and skills needed to navigate regulatory-intensive environments. This course is the foundation for acquiring these competencies. 

  • Regulatory Compliance

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to basic statutes, regulation, and administrative practices relevant to regulatory compliance by business entities, financial institutions, and healthcare organizations and practitioners. The course will also introduce students to basic concepts of risk management. Students will learn how to: identify applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards necessary to develop an effective compliance management program; construct and implement effective compliance policies and procedures; develop appropriate audit procedures in order to analyze the effectiveness of current policies and procedures; and organize and lead the organization’s response to a regulatory audit or investigation.

  • Torts

    (2 credits)

    The course covers the law of torts, or civil wrongs outside contract law. For example, lawsuits for fraud, car accidents, product injuries, and negligent management of employees are all tort suits. The course covers the foundations of the “negligence” cause of action, including such topics as duty, breach, causation, and damages. It also covers principles of vicarious liability (that is, when an organization or employer is responsible for the actions of its employees), economic harms, and statutory negligence. The principles and techniques you will learn in this course underlie many other legal subjects that you will later encounter.

Advanced Core Courses

  • Consumer Protection Law

    (2 credits)

    A study of consumer protection regulations, including consumer lending, mandatory and voluntary disclosures, common law fraud, and unfair and deceptive acts and practices. 

  • Employment Discrimination Law

    (2 credits)

    Review of various statutes and executive orders governing employment discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin and sexual preference. Emphasis is on the policy implications derived from case analysis.

  • Employment Law and HR Compliance

    (2 credits)

    Survey of basic legal and policy concepts governing the employment relationship. The course will also cover best practices in HR compliance.

  • Governance Risks and Internal Controls

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to risk management and internal control within business firms and financial institutions. Topics include: state fiduciary duties; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; oversight by board of directors; relationship with creditors and shareholders; and disclosure requirements under Federal Securities Laws and under banking statutes and regulation.

  • Privacy and Cybersecurity Law

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to privacy law and liability and breach disclosure issues arising under cybersecurity law.

  • Vendor Relations Risk Management

    (2 credits)

    A study of the legal issues related to outsourcing contracts, including liability issues arising from these relationships.

  • Workers’ Compensation Law

    (2 credits)

    A study of the legal rules covering the workers' compensation system. 

Elective Courses

  • Advanced Legal Research: Legal Risk Management
  • Business Organizations

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to the law of business organizations, including agency, partnership, and business corporations. Topics include formation and structure of the corporation, power and fiduciary responsibility of management, rights and liabilities of shareholders, shareholders' derivatives litigation, acquisitions and tender offers, and insider trading.

  • Creditor-Debtor Law

    (2 credits)

    A study of the legal principles governing the relationship of debtors and creditors, with primary emphasis on federal bankruptcy law and focus on the rights of unsecured creditors. Traditional state remedies such as attachment, garnishment, execution, fraudulent conveyance and debtors' exemptions also are covered.

  • Employment Contracts and Separation Agreements

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to employment contracts. The course will cover the legal and drafting issues associated with both employment and termination agreements, including non-competes, severance payments and pensions. 

  • Key Corporate Contracts: Loans, Leases, Licenses, Insurance and Asset Sales

    (2 credits)

    This course builds on the basic concepts of the Contracts course and further explores commonly drafted agreements in businesses. With emphasis on drafting and interpretation of agreements.

  • Workplace Well Being and Safety

    (2 credits)

    This course covers the legal framework regulation workplace safety, including OSHA and emerging issues on worker risk assessment and health screening.