Course Description

Small business owners and entrepreneurs must have a working knowledge of many different fields, including the law. This course covers the basics of business law as it pertains to small businesses, franchises, and entrepreneurial endeavors. The topics include legal structures for new ventures, contracts, intellectual property rights, real property, employee rights, tax responsibilities, and product warranties and liabilities. While small business owners should be familiar with these issues, there is no substitute for having qualified legal counsel. Therefore, the course also explores the relationship between a small business and its legal representatives, how to find a small business lawyer, and at what stage legal counsel should be sought.


Learning outcome

Understand basic legal terminology and the larger legal environment

Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the three basic legal structures of business organization (sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations)

Identify the three major types of franchises and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of franchising

Explain different types of taxation and an employer's tax duties

Define the legal elements involved in forming a contract

Understand the basics of warranties and product liability

Identify the major areas of federal regulation that apply to businesses

Understand basic legal principles applying to real and personal property

Describe the three types of bankruptcy defined under federal law

Explain the major legal protections for intellectual property rights

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Law for Small Businesses
Section Schedule
Date and Time TBA
Course Fee(s)
fee non-credit $99.00
Drop Request Deadline
1 day after enrollment
Transfer Request Deadline
1 day after enrollment
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