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Business Law Courses (BSLW) Carroll School of Management


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
BSLW 1021 Law I--Introduction to Law and Legal Process Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course introduces students to the legal system and the social, legal, and regulatory environment of business. In addition to learning how the legal system works, students study substantive areas of business law including antitrust law, securities regulation, environmental law, employment law, international business and intellectual property rights. The course includes an examination of the law of contracts from formation requirements to remedies for breach.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course is part of the required core for the CSOM students and an elective for other students.

BSLW 1022 Law II--Business Law Fall 3
Course Description

The course complements BSLW1021, providing broad coverage of topics related to law in business. The content includes many subjects tested on the Business Law portion of the CPA examination including the Uniform Commercial Code law of contracts and sales, negotiable instruments, and secured transactions. The law of agency, various forms of business organizations including general and limited partnerships, corporations, and LLCs, as well as bankruptcy, real property, insurance, wills, trusts and estates, and accountants' liability are discussed.


Instructor(s): Richard Powers

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Recommended for Accounting and Marketing students and for Prelaw students who are interested in a comprehensive overview of the law. Required for those taking the CPA Examination in New York and numerous other states.

BSLW 1023 Catalyst: Introduction to Law and Legal Process Summer 3
Course Description

This course introduces students to the legal system and the social, legal, and regulatory environment of business. In addition to learning how the legal system works, students study substantive areas of business law including antitrust law, securities regulation, environmental law, employment law, international business and intellectual property rights. The course includes an examination of the law of contracts from formation requirements to remedies for breach.


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1031 Introduction to Law--Honors Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course is a more rigorous version of BSLW1021 designed for students in the Honors Program.


Instructor(s): Thomas Wesner

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1102 Law and Ethics Fall 3
Course Description

This course examines the legal and ethical challenges faced by business people in today's global society, focusing on the interplay of legal and ethical obligations in the business environment, the extent to which they overlap, and the application of moral principles in the absence of legal requirements. While laws provide some guidance on the right course of action, individuals are not strictly constrained by legal principles. The emphasis throughout this course is on assisting students to develop the decision-making skills necessary for their future roles as responsible managers and leaders.


Instructor(s): Richard Powers

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1125 Real Estate Fundamentals Fall 3
Course Description

This course is focused on what real estate development is and what it means to be a real estate developer. Students will gain an understanding of the process of real estate development, including design and construction; how developers engage with the public sector and the surrounding community to obtain approval for a development; how projects are financed; and, other important elements that contribute to completing successful real estate projects. Also learn about the legal aspects of developments; the ways that development is a catalyst for neighborhood improvement and local economic growth; and, trends in sustainable development.


Instructor(s): Edward Chazen

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course employs various teaching and learning methods: class lectures; videos of interviews with experts and about illustrative projects; case study discussion; guest lectures; team-based virtual tours of Boston neighborhoods that have been transformed by large-scale real estate development; and, a capstone project of teams preparing a development plan for an actual site in the Boston areas.

BSLW 1145 Real Estate Development Spring 3
Course Description

This course is focused on what real estate development is and what it means to be a real estate developer. Students will gain an understanding of the process of real estate development, including design and construction; how developers engage with the public sector and the surrounding community to obtain approval for a development; how projects are financed; and, other important elements that contribute to completing successful real estate projects. Also learn about the legal aspects of developments; the ways that development is a catalyst for neighborhood improvement and local economic growth; and, trends in sustainable development.


Instructor(s): Edward Chazen

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course employs various teaching and learning methods: class lectures; videos of interviews with experts and about illustrative projects; case study discussion; guest lectures; team-based virtual tours of Boston neighborhoods that have been transformed by large-scale real estate development; and, a capstone project of teams preparing a development plan for an actual site in the Boston areas.

BSLW 1147 Constitutional Law Fall 3
Course Description

This course covers, in-depth, the following subjects: the nature and scope of judicial review, national legislative powers, the distribution of federal powers, state power to regulate, state power to tax, substantive protection of economic interests, protection of individual rights, freedom of religion, equal protection, congressional enforcement of civil rights, limitations on judicial power and review, and current issues in constitutional law.


Instructor(s): Angela Lowell

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1148 International Law Fall 3
Course Description

The course examines the legal relationships between individuals, business enterprises, and governments in the world community. Emphasis is on the private business transaction. Course objectives include how to assess the risks of doing business internationally and what legal steps may be taken to minimize or assign risk. Topics covered include different methods of transacting international business, from exporting and importing to direct foreign investment, issues in international contracting, the documentary transaction, and licensing intellectual property.


Instructor(s): Stephanie Greene

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1150 Topics: Non Profit Management Fall 3
Course Description

Students study a specific nonprofit and develop an analysis of important elements, strategies and management techniques. Class discussion, simulations, and lectures provide an opportunity to understand important concepts at a number of levels. Finally, guest speakers offer an opportunity to have contact with nonprofit leaders who function in the real world. The culmination of this work is the production of a strategic plan for the nonprofit that the student has chosen. The plan and a presentation offer the opportunity to integrate course material, demonstrate creativity, and mesh a conceptual understanding with real world issues and challenges.


Instructor(s): Sy Friedland

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: SOCY3353

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BSLW 1152 Labor and Employment Law Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Considerations pertaining to organized labor in society are examined including the process of establishing collective bargaining, representation, and bargaining status under the Railway Labor Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Discussion of leading cases relevant to the legal controls that are applicable to intra-union relationships and the legal limitations on employer and union economic pressures. The law of arbitration, public sector collective bargaining, and employee safety and health law are studied. Topics including laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability are examined, as well as the developing law of employee privacy.


Instructor(s): David Twomey (fall) and Christine O'Brien (spring)

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1154 Insurance Spring 3
Course Description

The structure and organization of different types of insurance policies, including life, property and casualty policies, will be examined and the fundamental legal principals of insurance law as applied to modern business requirements will be reviewed. The goal of this course is to focus students' attention on how insurance solves problems for business firms, individual consumers, and society. The pervasiveness of insurance in our society, as well as the role of the federal and state governments in regulating the insurance industry will be examined carefully.


Instructor(s): Richard Powers

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1156 Real Estate Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

The course examines the sources of property law, the legal nature and forms of real estate interests, inter-vivos transfers of real property rights, brokerage operations, principles of real estate, tax aspects, land development, management of real estate properties, government involvement in constitutional and public policy considerations of land use, and transfers of real estate at death (wills and intestacy).


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Richard J. Monahan

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1159 Law, Ethics & The Arts Spring 3
Course Description

We examine from a legal, philosophical, and ethical viewpoint, the conditions of social peace and stability that liberate the artist (performing or visual) to make art, how this protects the artist against repression or censorship on political/religious/moral grounds, and how law protects creations against theft, adulteration, and forgery. We visit intellectual and cultural property law cases and entertainment industry contracts to study the business of the arts. Without a legal system, and the body of nascent law we call ethics, there could be nothing comparable to the sophistication, diversity and prosperity that art and artists presently enjoy.


Instructor(s): Megan Carroll

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1160 Real Estate, Community Development and Planning Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Real Estate, Community Development, and Planning focuses on helping students understand the process of discourse within and between the public and private sectors that precedes physical change in our communities. You will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of how cities & towns grow and change through a creative process, strengthened by the interchange of ideas between citizens, government officials, and private interests. Particular attention will be paid to the regulatory environment of MA. Guest speakers and field visits throughout the semester will bring this process to life. There will also be an opportunity for simulation and role-playing as students explore a case study for the master planning of a city block. Time will also be spent on the history of planning and development, the processes that have physically shaped the cities and towns that students witness firsthand today, and how planning will be critical to ensuring appropriate land use for future needs.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Michelle Ciccolo

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1181 Real Estate and Urban Action Fall 3
Course Description

The course explores both the art and science of neighborhood transformation. What social, cultural, political, real estate development, market, design, financing, property management, and supportive service factors are most critical to successfully transforming neighborhoods? The course examines both local and national formerly distressed public housing projects that have been successfully transformed into successful mixed-income and mixed-use communities. There are two field trips during the semester. The course concludes with a challenging, fun, hands-on project that results in an excellent demonstration of the knowledge skills and experience developed throughout the course.


Instructor(s): Neil McCullagh

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: The only prerequisite is an interest in any facet of real estate and urban action. Given the multidisciplinary tasks required to create viable communities, students from all schools at Boston College are welcomed to participate.

BSLW 1182 Law of Marketing Fall 3
Course Description

This course explores the many ways in which the law impacts marketing decisions and how legal problems regarding the marketing of goods and services can be avoided. Students examine legal cases and current business examples to understand how the law impacts development, distribution, promotion, and sale of goods and services. Thus, the course considers diverse areas of the law that impact marketing decisions, such as intellectual property, antitrust, franchise agreements, health and safety regulations, and products liability. While a course in Introduction to Business Law is helpful, it is not required.


Instructor(s): Stephanie Greene

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 1185 Topics: Law & Economics Fall 3
Course Description

Can we be optimistic about our future as phrases such as "new normal" and "austerity measures" take hold of our national psyche? Is there reason for hope after the Great Recession has substantially altered the global economic landscape? Through this course, students will utilize an interdisciplinary approach to understanding important legal, business, and economic issues they will soon be called to address as leaders, policymakers, businesspersons, and citizens. Over the course of the semester, students will work to create politically and economically viable solutions to many of the most critical legal, economic, and policy issues facing our nation and world.


Instructor(s): Thomas Wesner

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 2206 Real Estate and Urban Action Fall 3
Course Description

Real Estate and Urban Action is a class in which students explore the interdisciplinary fields that are engaged in neighborhood revitalization. The course uses the transformation of the failed Columbia Point housing project (Dorchester, MA) into Harbor Point, a successful mixed income neighborhood, as a core teaching case study, highlighting how successful redevelopment addresses the social and economic needs of community residents. Classes include guest lectures from developers, public planning officials, and supportive services experts on the social, cultural, and political factors critical to transforming distressed neighborhoods into safe and economically viable neighborhoods. It is a practical course, in which students gain experience through field trips and interactions with real estate and supportive services professionals, culminating in a team neighborhood transformation proposal.


Instructor(s): Neil McCullagh

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ECON2206

Comments: The only prerequisite is an interest in any facet of real estate and urban action. Given the multidisciplinary tasks required to create viable communities, students from all schools at Boston College are welcomed to participate.

BSLW 2298 Independent Study Fall 3
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BSLW 2299 Real Estate Field Projects Spring 3
Course Description

This course is a complement to in-class learning and provides an experiential learning component to the real estate education at CSOM. The course consists of teams of 4-5 students each working on a field project for a real estate/developer investor, not-for-profit organization or government agency. The field projects are "real world" real estate projects that involve extensive data collection/analysis,interviews with a range of experts and others that can influence the conclusions and recommendations of the team, and presentations to management of the sponsoring organization. The field projects typically include development proposals for a property; re-development plans for an existing property; and, real estate market research to assist an investor considering expansion into new geographic markets.


Instructor(s): Edward Chazen

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Each team will work under the supervision of the Instructor, with weekly team meetings to review the work plan, progress toward identified goals and practicing several presentations that form an important part of the learning experience. There will be three field projects planned.

BSLW 6603 Cyberlaw for Business Spring 3
Course Description

Law for the Entrepreneur is an experiential business law course designed to prepare students for the fundamental legal challenges of start ups, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. We examine legal issues from the idea stage, through formation of a business, to the operational stage, and through the exit phase. We will use analysis of cases, laws, and agreements as well as practical work to understand the issues that managers must confront. Legal issues covered include: invention ownership, financing, formation, trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, contracts, licensing, employment, social media, data privacy and security. We will analyze the legal implications of agreements such as: invention assignment, contribution, stock options, employment and work visas, as well as non-compete, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements.


Instructor(s): Margo E. K. Reder

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 6604 Law for the Entrepreneur Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course examines the legal issues and challenges created by the migration of business applications to the Internet. The intersection of law, business and technology is explored in-depth in this course. Students learn some aspects of entrepreneurship with practical application to business transactions. This course covers business' digital assets, in the form of intellectual property--trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. Other topics surveyed include: contracts, licensing agreements, jurisdiction, tax, financing start-ups, privacy, speech, defamation, content control, filtering, information security, and crime. The course introduces students to critical high-tech issues necessary for effective managers of e-commerce enterprises.


Instructor(s): Brown & Nagy

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 6651 Nonprofits & Public Sector Organizations Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine nonprofit corporations and governmental entities: federal, state, and local throughout the American economy. Among nonprofit and governmental subject areas to be studied are structures, goals, taxation, compensation, and interaction with the private sector. Economy sectors to be examined will include higher education, secondary education, churches, health care delivery, and social service agencies.


Instructor(s): Frank J. Parker, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: There will be a final exam and term paper.

BSLW 6674 Sports Law Spring 3
Course Description

This course studies the law as it applies to professional and amateur sport organizations. The course will focus on how to identify, analyze, and understand legal issues in general and the ramification of those issues on the sports industry specifically, with special attention given to professional teams and leagues. Among the subjects to be discussed will be antitrust law, tort law including the liability for conduct occurring in competition, contract law, constitutional law, labor law, collective bargaining, gender discrimination and Title IX, and agency law.


Instructor(s): Warren Zola

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 8801 Law Economics and Public Policy Summer 3
Course Description

Can we be optimistic about our future as phrases such as "new normal" and "austerity measures" take hold of our national psyche? Is there reason for hope after the Great Recession has substantially altered the global economic landscape? This interdisciplinary course employs law, economics, and public policy as essential -- and inseparable -- frameworks for understanding many of the most critical and current challenges facing our nation and world. Students will examine legal cases and policy disputes while working together to think about solutions to critical issues they will soon be called to address as leaders, businesspersons, and citizens.


Instructor(s): Thomas Wesner

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 8803 Topics: Law for CPAs Spring/Summer 3
Course Description

The course focuses on the law of commercial transactions relevant to business professionals, especially accountants. It covers the common law of contracts and comprehensively reviews the Uniform Commercial Code, emphasizing the law of sales, commercial paper, and secured transactions. Agency and major forms of doing business such as partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies, along with securities regulation are examined. The laws of property, bankruptcy, insurance, wills, trusts and estates, along with accountants' liability round out the course. Leading cases and major statutory laws pertaining to business regulation are discussed.


Instructor(s): Matthew Kameron

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 8805 Managing the Legal & Ethical Environment of Business Spring 2
Course Description

This course examines the legal and ethical challenges faced by individuals in today's global society, focusing on the interplay of legal and ethical obligations in the business environment, how those obligations overlap, and the application of moral principles in the absence of legal requirements. The goal throughout will be to assist students in developing the decision-making skills necessary for their future roles as responsible managers and leaders. Substantive areas examined will include ethical theory, corporate social responsibility, whistleblowing, privacy and technology, employment diversity, health and safety in the workplace, products liability, and intellectual property rights.


Instructor(s): Richard Powers

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 8811 International Business Law Summer 3
Course Description

This course covers the major principles, concepts, organizations and individuals involved in creating, interpreting, enforcing and forging policy in international business law today. International business law involves a system of law beyond the laws of any country. Major cases interpreting international law in the business context are analyzed including the jurisprudence of the U.S., European Union and the World Trade Organization. International organizations, treaties, arbitration, contracts, payment methods, sovereign immunity and corruption are among a myriad of topics covered. Instruction includes lecture, discussion, cases, websites, films and news reports. This course provides an additional framework to enhance students' global business perspective.


Instructor(s): Mark Blodgett

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 8856 Real Estate Development Spring 3
Course Description

This course will provide a general introduction into commercial and residential real estate practice. Prior experience in real estate is not required. Subjects such as acquisition and disposition, restructuring, taxation, tax abatements, financing, marketing, mortgages, zoning, sustainability, disasters and the like will be discussed. Leading real estate practitioners will be invited to class to make presentations on their current construction projects. Attendance is mandatory unless absence is excused in advance. There will be a term paper and final exam. Course is restricted to graduate students.


Instructor(s): Frank J. Parker, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

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BSLW 8896 Directed Readings I Fall 3
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BSLW 8897 Directed Readings Fall 3
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BSLW 8898 Directed Research Fall 1
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BSLW 8899 Directed Study Fall 3
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