Legal Environment

Learning Goal:

    • Students will understand the difference between statutory and common law

    • Students will understand basic elements of tort law, including concepts of negligence, strict liability, product liability claims, and types of damages

    • Students will understand be able to explain the purpose and characteristics of intellectual property law

    • Students will understand basic elements of contract law

In class, we'll cover the following sections from our book using the links and materials below.


Statutory vs. Common Law

With a partner sitting close by, use this section of the book to complete this graphic organizer comparing & contrasting statutory and common law.

Here is one case involving legislation. Here are weird examples by state. The is a resource on MN legislation. Here is a news search on current court cases. Here is an example of a recent civil court case (civil vs criminal). We'll review the differences between statutory law and common law.

We'll watch the video and may check out this link on precedent and stare decisis. Here is a current example of a case potentially setting precedent in the news.

The Challenge - Landmark Case Research 10 pts

Find a landmark case where the Supreme Court set a nationwide precedent. Here are two links to get you started. Do some research on the case you chose and include the info below. Use your own words.

  • Describe the case and provide background info.

  • How does/might the precedent set in the case impact your life?

  • Reflect on the case (thoughts, feelings, reactions, etc.).

Meet with me to discuss your work for credit.

Tort Law, Liability, and Damages | Intellectual Property | Contracts

We will break the following three sections of your book up into chunks. Use this document to learn together.

The Assignment - Who Is Suing Whom? Case Summary & Mind Map 25 pts

Use this document to explore a civil legal case and its impact on a business. SKIP 2021

Legal Environment Chapter Review

Use this review guide to study for your legal environment quiz.