LEGL 4400-Business Law

Dr. Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander dawndba@uga.edu

University of Georgia Terry College of Business


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 Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander


University of Georgia Terry College of Business


Dr. Bennett-Alexander (Dr. B-A)

Fall 2012 (Tu. 8/14/12)

     11:00 Caldwell 204


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OBJECTIVE: To familiarize students with several of the business related aspects of the law, including negotiable instruments, secured transactions and agency and partnerships.

REQUIRED TEXT:animated bookSmith & Roberson, Business Law 14th ed., 2009, or 15th edition 2012, South-Western/Cengage Learning, Pub.  There is an e-version and there are other less expensive versions of the text (such as by chapters).  There is no significant difference in the two, so do whatever fits your budget. I will make sure that the chapter-end questions are responsible for are in either version you use.  Check the book's website or others, for options. You can also check out CourseSmart.com for e-alternatives. http://www.coursesmart.com  I will also post PowerPoint slides for each chapter to eLC, which I suggest you print out in the format that leaves rooms for notes on the side.  Students find it extremely helpful when taking notes in class.

CLASS TIME: 11:00-12:15 animated alarm clock

OFFICE & HOURS: 202 Brooks Hall. T, Th 7:00-7:45 a.m 12:20-1:30 and by appointment. Call (706) 338-2293 for scheduling.


Grading: The course grade is determined by adding together test scores and any extra credit points, then dividing by four. Since each exam is equally weighted, it is best to maximize performance on each one. Since extras credit points count as full points, it is best to take advantage of every opportunity to gain extra points. For all purposes, and unless notified otherwise, the grading scale is 100-94 A, 93-90 A-, 89-87 B+, 86-84 B, 83-80 B-, 79-77 C+, 76-74 C, 73-70 C-,  69-65 D, 64 and below, F.

Exams: There will be four examinations during the quarter, including the final. Each exam is equally weighted. Make-up exams are generally not given. Exam scores are not posted. Rather, exams are returned in class, generally by the next or the second class after the exam. Exam dates are Th. 9/13; Th. 10/18; Th 11/15 and the final exam  is Tu. 12/11 from 12-3.

Extra Credit: During the first day of class I will pass out a sheet on which students can sign up to do an extra-credit oral presentation on an article on any topic. The article may be from any source, including YouTube, as long as the information is current and relates in a meaningful way to contracts. The presentation is to be no longer than five minutes and is worth three points. Submit to me a copy of the article you presented. 

If you are unable to present on the day you are scheduled to do so, because of an unavoidable issue, make sure to let me know.  If you are absent without notifying me on the day of your presentation, the 3 points are deducted from your class points. 

If you were unable to sign up on the article list because it was full but you want the extra credit points, you may submit a copy of the article along with a single-spaced typed summary of the salient points of the article.  This is due by the last day of class.  No submissions after the last class.  Period.


Unannounced quizzes MAY be given from time to time as a means of testing student knowledge and providing an opportunity for additional points. Quizzes are generally worth ten points, and I don't generally give more than two per quarter, if that many.  Quizzes are based on class performance and perceived need by the professor.  There are no guarantees, so do not count on quiz points.

Attendance: I take roll every day after drop/add. Make sure to sign it in class, as I have no satisfactory way of knowing if you were really here if you forget and try to  prove it later (friends can give you notes and/or swear you were there...). Having someone sign the roll for you in your absence will result in ten points being deducted from your class points for both you, as well as whoever signed for you. You are allowed two unexcused absences, but after that 3 points will be deducted from your final grade for each absence over 2. Be in class.  You will thank me for the policy when it’s test time or when you take the CPA.  J


Doing Well: Since many of you will be taking the CPA exam, you really should start prepping now with this class. Students have said that it greatly improves performance if they come to class prepared. I have had a great success rate for the Contracts portion with my students who took the CPA exam. Preparation includes reading the chapters and answering the chapter-end questions. After finishing each chapter, the chapter-end questions will be discussed.  It is expected that you have gone over the questions and analyzed them in depth and are prepared to answer them when called upon in class.  Failure to do so can result in loss of points.  Analyzing fact patterns is not only enormously helpful for the CPA exam, but also for teaching you how to think and analyze in life.  You will NOT be able to get the benefit from only letting your classmates do the work.  Each person called upon should be prepared to answer any question asked. I don’t mind wrong answers.  I do mind—very much—lack of effort.

 E-Mail, the Web, and the listserv: Students are required to have a gmail account with their photo attached and to subscribe to the class listserv. The gmail accounts are free and can be set up in minutes. If you don't already have one, you should.  It's free and you have virtually unlimited space as well as the ability to search your emails like you conduct a Google search. You can even keep your old email address and just forward everything to your gmail account the way I do with my dawndba@uga.edu account.  You can even make it seem like you are answering from the old account! It's the bomb.  Make sure you set the picture (under settings) so that it can be seen by not just whoever you are chatting with, but by me also.

You are required to join the listserv and to remove yourself after the course is over. You must sign up for the listserv by 8/24. I automatically receive a notice when you have signed up. For each day after the deadline (including weekends) you will have one point deducted if you have not signed onto the listserv. 

Sign up to the listserv by sending an email to listserv@listserv.uga.edu.  Make the subject of the email  

subscribe 4400DBA Your Name . 

You can also put this in the body of the email.  Notice there is no space between 4400 and DBA and there is a space between the A and your name.  You know how computers are.  I can’t tell you the number of students who can’t get on the listserv because they have done something like left out or put in a space or some other tiny thing.  Don’t let that happen to you. 

 If you have trouble signing on, it is usually that you have not entered something correctly, so check it.  Common mistakes are putting an e on the end of listserv, putting a space between the 4400 and the DBA, or not capitalizing DBA.  You can also get on by going to the UGA listserv website (listserv.uga.edu) and scrolling down to the listserv name 4400DBA and going from there.

Within minutes of sending the subscription request, you should receive an email from the listserv folks saying you requested to be signed up, but you are not actually signed onto the listserv until you respond to this email to confirm subscribing to the listserv.  If you do not do it within 24 hours, they drop your subscription request and you have to submit it again.

At the end of the semester after class is over, please don't forget to sign off of the listserv.  To do so, send an e-mail to:

listserv@listserv.uga.edu  (NOTE: This is not a hot link.  You must send the e-mail on your own)

Make the text of the e-mail ONLY the following:

unsubscribe 4400DBA

You can also get off by going to the listserv website (again, listserv.uga.edu), finding the class listserv on the list and following directions.

Please do not e-mail me asking me to take you off the listserv.  You must do it yourself, just as you put yourself on. If you don’t take yourself off, you will continue to receive annoying emails from me.  J

As you can see, I maintain a Web site for the class at http://www.terry.uga.edu/~dawndba/, which will also have all class information posted. Of course, if you're looking at this on my Web site, you are already in the know. :-) Watch for changes. 

Absences: I take roll every day, and you should be there.  I understand that life happens, but I do not like you missing class. If you are absent more than twice,  3 points are deducted from your final grade for each absence over the limit.  Come to class!

Rescheduling exams: Exams must be given when taken, and there are no makeups.

Important Dates:


Tu 8/14            - First day of class

Th 8/24            - Deadline to sign up for listserv - midnight

Th 9/13            - Exam 1

Th 10/18          - Exam 2

Th 11/15          - Exam 3

Tu 11/20          - Thanksgiving Break, NO CLASS

Th 11/22          - Thanksgiving Break, NO CLASS

Th 11/29          - Last day of class

Tu 12/4            - Treat as a Friday schedule.  NO CLASS

Tu 12/11          - Final Exam 12-3 this classroom

The use of computers in class: In an effort to allow you to use the e-version of the text chapters, I do not mind the use of computers in class for MY class work.  However, please do not make me take that privilege away by abusing it.  If I find you doing anything other than my class work, not only will you be counted absent for the day, but you will no longer have the privilege of using your computer in class.  I am hereby giving you fair warning and this serves as personal notice to you that you will not be allowed the privilege of using a computer in class if you do anything other than my class work.  Not hearing me say no using computers, phones or other distracting technology in class for non-class work is not an excuse.  You are held responsible for anything on this Web page.  If caught, there is no grace period.  No first time is a warning.  You lose the privilege first time out.  Period.

Recording: Lectures may not be recorded without my permission. Also, you do NOT have my permission to use notes from my lectures for commercial lecture note purposes. Also, NO TEXTING IN CLASS.  If you are found texting in class, you will be marked absent for the day.  Period.

Recommendations: Students often ask me to write recommendations for them. I don't mind doing it if I know you well enough to do so. In order to help me make the recommendation more than a general one, I need information from you. If you wish to have me write a recommendation, give me the following:

* the latest copy of your transcript

* your phone number and e-mail address

* explicit instructions as to where and to whom the recommendation should be sent

* the deadline for the recommendation

* any necessary forms I need from the place needing the recommendation

* a brief, but full typed essay from you telling me things about yourself, your family, your goals, ambitions, and motivations, that might be helpful in painting a picture of you that you may think is inappropriate for you to do yourself. The information could include such things as obstacles you have had to overcome to go to school, particular family circumstances that may make you unique, etc. I don't want the essay you write for the application, and I don't want a recitation of your grades. I want something that makes you more than a one-dimensional person.
* a draft recommendation as if I wrote it.  Keep in mind that I am a professional, so do not make it sound casual or like your friend wrote it.

Make sure you give me enough time to work on the recommendation. The longer the better. If it is brought to me at the last minute, you run the risk of me turning you down, or your recommendation being late.


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Students will be responsible for all my Web postings.
All matters of academic dishonesty will be handled through the student judiciary. Don't cheat.
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 Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander

University of Georgia Terry College of Business

LEGL 4400 - Business Law

Dr. Bennett-Alexander (Dr. B-A)




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We will be covering the chapters in the following order.  Be prepared to cover about two chapters per week.   Make sure you have read the chapters and prepared the chapter-end questions for class discussion.


Part 2 Contracts

Chapter 9 – Introduction to Contracts

Chapter 10 – Mutual Assent

Chapter 11 – Conduct Invalidating Assent

Chapter 12 – Consideration

Chapter 13 – Illegal Bargains

Chapter 14 – Contractual Capacity

Chapter 15 – Contracts in Writing

Chapter 16 – Third Parties to Contracts

Chapter 17 – Performance, Breach and Discharge

Chapter 18 – Contract Remedies


Part 4 Sales

Chapter 21 – Introduction to Sales and Leases

Chapter 22 – Performance

Chapter 23 – Transfer of Title and Risk of Loss

Chapter 24 – Product Liability: Warranties and Strict Liability in Tort

Chapter 25 – Sales Remedies


Part 5 Negotiable Instruments

Chapter 26 – Form and Content

Chapter 27 – Transfer

Chapter 28 – Holder in Due Course

Chapter 29 – Liability of Parties

Chapter 30 – Bank Deposits, Collections and Funds Transfers


Part 8 Debtor and Creditor Relations

Chapter 38 – Secured Transactions and Suretyship


I reserve the right to modify the syllabus as necessary. Students are held responsible for all class decisions and discussions which take place in their absence. Check the class Web page for updates and check with someone in class for details.

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 Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander