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College of Law

Florida State University



Core Curriculum

  • Contracts

    (2 credits)

    An introduction to the formation, performance, and breach of contracts. The course will also 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

  • 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.

  • Conducting Workplace Investigations

    (2 credits)

    This course explains the major regulations governing the workplace and the legal and practical approaches to planning, conducting, and documenting internal workplace investigations of employee complaints and suspected employee misconduct.

  • 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. 

  • Customer Risk Management

    (2 credits)

    This course examines the legal risks that arise in the context of a firm’s relationships with its customers. Students will learn about the types of legal rules that can trigger liability and about various techniques used to manage customer legal risks through disclosure and contracts, as well as other preventive measures.

  • 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)

    This course will provide you with a basic overview of employment law as it relates to day-to-day employment practices. You will be guided through the entire employer-employee relationship—from the initial decision to fill a position to the ultimate decision to terminate the employment relationship. 

  • Enterprise Risk Management

    (2 credits)

    This course will cover the principles, frameworks, and best practices for analyzing and managing risks within business firms. Students will learn how to construct frameworks for managing strategic, operational, financial, and legal/regulatory risks. They will also learn how to assess and measure these risks.

  • Insurance and Risk Transfers

    (2 credits)

    A study of risk analysis and risk management within business firms, including a study of insurance and of other mechanisms used by firms to minimize, allocate, and transfer risks. Students will learn about the legal and business sides of insurance and risk transfers.

  • Key Corporate and Commercial Contracts

    (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.

  • Privacy and Cybersecurity Law

    (2 credits)

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

  • Vendors and Other Third Parties Risk Management

    (2 credits)

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

  • Workers’ Compensation Law and Workplace Well-Being and Safety

    (2 credits)

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