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796.10 - Topics in Commercial and Business Law
Professor: Vincent Cardi
Semester: 2010 Autumn
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
This research seminar examines a variety of topics relating to commercial and business law. As in many research seminars, the student focus and effort will be on the student’s own research and writing project. Early classes will focus on selected issues of commercial and business law, and later classes will focus on the research of the students. The subject matter of the seminar is broad enough to allow for literally thousands of student research topics, and each student will choose a topic. Among those on the initial list of suggested topics are: enforceability of liquidated damage clauses in athletic coaching contracts; limits, constitutional, public policy, and others, on allowing parties to prescribe in the contract the jurisdiction, venue, applicable law, and form of resolution of problems arising out of that contract; and the discovery rule and statutes of limitations in contracts. Although the topics chosen by the students will often involve a national analysis of the issue area, some can focus on a particular state in which the student will be practicing. For example, it might be interesting to see a basic analysis of the law of homeowners’ associations in Ohio, part performance as satisfying statutes of frauds in Ohio, and the law of liquidated damage clauses in commercial contracts in Ohio.
The readings required for the class sessions will be minimal, as most of the student work will be devoted to producing their seminar paper. The class sessions will consist primarily of lectures, discussions with students on their work in progress. The final grade will be based on the research paper (90%) and participation in class discussion of other student research (10%).
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