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Spring 2020

Course Description
Basic introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), primarily focused on secured transactions (Article 9). Subjects may also include selected topics in: sales (some Article 2 concepts not usually covered in contracts); negotiable instruments (notes & drafts, including checks, Article 3); letters of credit (as security or payment, Article 5); and documents of title (warehouse receipts & bills of lading, Article 7). Special class requirements: Daily (hourly) attendance and class preparation are required.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   TR  3:30 PM-5:20 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: None
Method of Evaluation: Final exam, closed book using multistate-type questions.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions: Students who already completed Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Law 101) are not eligible to enroll in this course.
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Basic
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Related
Bar Subject(s):
Business Compliance and Sustainability (Area of Focus)   More information
Business Compliance and Sustainability (Concentration)   More information
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Problems & Materials Commercial Law
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Whaley
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    Edition: 11th Edition
    ISBN: 9781454863342
  • Textbook Name: Selected Commercial Statues
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Chomsky, Kunz, Schlitz, Tabb
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 2019 Edition
    ISBN: 9781684670086
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Assignment for SECOND class: please read Preface and solve problems 1-5. (The PowerPoint slides in handout 2 [ho2] may help.) You need only be prepared on the problems. You should read the cases, but I will not require you to discuss them.

    Required: WHALEY, PROBLEMS...COMMERCIAL LAW (latest ed.) (“text” or simply “T”) and access to the Uniform Commercial Code including official comments. (I will use WEST, SELECTED COMMERCIAL STATUTES (latest ed.) (statutory supplement or simply “S”) in class and it will control the final examination.) You will need two course handouts available in the copy center: ... COURSE HANDOUT (WITH ATTACHMENTS including course syllabus) (“ho1”); and …POWERPOINT CLASS SLIDES (“ho2”).

    Additional Information:
    Important Notes: Class preparation, participation and daily (hourly) attendance are required. There are no “passes”; be prepared. (I am more lenient than usual in calling on students in our first meeting.) The ho2 PowerPoint slide-sets corresponding to each assigned chapter are good guides to our probable class discussion. I may lower your final grade or drop you from the course if you have more than eight hourly absences. I orient the (semi-) Socratic discussion with PowerPoint slides. If you don’t like slides, please respect your preferences (I do), and take another course. Examination by multistate-type questions (see ho1). If you have a disability, or suspect that you may have a disability, the Law School encourages you to contact the Office of Disability Services for information about available opportunities, resources, and services. You may also visit the Disability Services website at



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2495
Office: G286