Business Law paper

Business Law paper

The following is general information about the current event summary assignments.  After reviewing this information, please post any questions you have about this assignment here.  You may also send your questions via email.

What is the purpose of this assignment?

The purpose of this assignment is to research and write about current events or current issues related to a topic we’ve covered (or will cover) in this course during weeks 4 – 8.  Please see your syllabus schedule for the topics you can cover on each current event summary.

Topics that can be used for current events from weeks 4-8 (pick from below).

Contracts: Mistakes, Fraud, and Voluntary Consent, Statute of Frauds:  Writing Requirements and Electronic Records.

Sales and Lease Contracts

Agency Law

Business Organizations -  Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Corporations, Franchising

What is a “current event”? 

For the purpose of this assignment, “current” will mean occurring between Jan. 1, 2012 and the present.

What is the required paper format and length?

  • The paper must be written in 12 point font and double –spaced.
  • Pages must be numbered.
  • You must include a title page which identifies your name, course title and section and describes the current event or issue you’re covering.
  • You must include a list of sources used for the paper.
  • The paper must be 5-7 pages in length.
  • You must use AT LEAST THREE sources to support your paper (6 sources max.) and your sources need to be varied.  You cannot use the same source or type of source twice (e.g., you couldn’t use two new stories from the Washington Post or two guidance documents from the FDA).

What sources are permissible and which will not be permitted?

You may use any of the following sources.  These can be accessed via the UMUC Online Library.

  • The Business Journal
  • Newsweek
  • Law Reviews (Lexis/Nexis Academic)
  • Law Journal
  • Wall Street Journal
  • State/Federal Cases (Lexis/Nexis Academic)
  • State and Federal Statutes
  • Guidance documents from state and federal agencies

You MAY NOT use the following sources:

  • Wikipedia and other internet dictionaries or encyclopedias
  • Internet blogs and opinion sites
  • Internet ads, articles and association papers
  • Organization’s training documents and manuals
  • Business Law or any other textbook – You may only use the book as a reference for legal definitions/concepts.

What should the summary include?

You should include this type of information in your current events summaries:

  •     What subject matter did you find a current event about?
  •     What happened?
  •     Where did it occur?
  •     Describe the parties involved?
  •     If there were charges, what were they?
  •     If there was a lawsuit or criminal case, describe the case.
    •   The issues
    •   The court’s opinion
    •   The outcome for the plaintiff/defendant
    •   Jury verdict, if applicable
    •   Is there anything about this case still pending?
  •     What future implications do these current events have on this area of the law?
  •     You should dedicate the major portion of this paper to your own thoughtful analysis of the event or issues.

How will these papers be evaluated?

The paper will be worth 20% of your final grade.  Each will be graded on a scale of 1-20 points.   Your paper will evaluated based upon:

  •     Organization
  •     Grammar/Punctuation
  •     Clear, Concise Writing
  •     Clear Identification of the Issues or Events
  •     Proper format and length
  •     Quality and Quantity of Sources
  •     Ability to integrate sources into the paper discussion well
  •     Use of Proper Source Citation
  •     Inclusion of Original Thought and Analysis of the Issues/Event

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