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This course takes a problem-solving approach to commercial and consumer transactions involving sales of goods. The course will include coverage of issues involving sales or licenses of software, transactions which in some ways are like traditional sales of goods but which also have some important differences.

The basic substantive law is Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Also covered are aspects of the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, UCC Article 2A on leases of goods, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) on software and information contracts, and the Convention on International Sales of Goods.   


Daniel Keating, Sales: A Systems Approach (Aspen 4th Ed. 2008) and a statutory supplement containing the UCC and other statutes that affect commercial transactions.  Some cases will also be posted to Forums.

Course Format

The casebook contains text and cases that set forth basic legal authority and problems testing the law’s application. Class discussion will focus on analyzing the issues raised by the problems.

Written Assignments

Students are expected to make notes on how to analyze and solve the problems in the casebook before each class. These will not be passed in, but they are the basis of class discussion.

Type of Exam

Three-hour essay exam. Open book.

Basis for grading

Regular attendance is required. Grading is on the basis of the final exam, with outstanding class participation considered at the margin.

Additional Comments

Particular emphasis is put on planning commercial transactions to minimize disputes and liability.

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