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Fall 2022

Course Description
With global specialization, trade is essential for life. Contracts must be concluded, goods shipped, and payments received. Much US trade law derives from the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) which you met in your Contracts course. This course includes selected topics in Article 2 (sales), Article 3 (negotiable instruments), Article 4A (payment orders), Article 5 (letters of credit), and Article 7 (bills of lading). More than half of the course will examine the largely independent life of Article 9 (secured transactions) which among other virtues helps soothe the fears of parties sending money and goods into the unknown.
This is a rigorous course requiring close statutory analysis and considerable work. The course format is online, non-synchronous (NS), and mediated through UM's excellent blackboard (BB) learning management system. Approximately three hours of session videos open each Saturday morning, preceded by detailed Class Prep assignments due midnight Thursday, and followed by wider-ranging post-video assignments due Tuesday (leaving weekends free). Save for the proctored in-person final exam at Miami Law, the course could be taken from anywhere on earth with an appropriate internet connection.
Course Delivery: Online (all non-synchronous except the proctored in-person final exam at Miami Law).

Course Schedule

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: None
Method of Evaluation: Required completed assignments and a proctored, in-person closed-book final exam using multistate-type questions. If you timely and satisfactorily complete 45 of the approximately 50 assignments and take the final exam, you will pass the course; that is, if you have elected pass-fail, your grade will translate into a "pass" and if you have not elected pass-fail, you will get a grade which translates into a numerical grade of 2.0 or better (probably better). But there are no "pass" guarantees for unsatisfactory, late, or missing assignments since they carry the weight of the course. Grade curve generally adjusted to fit entering grade profile of class, so students are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged by presence of other students.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:
Online (all asynchronous)
Special Restrictions: While the course is online, non-synchronous, and mediated through UM's excellent blackboard learning management system, the approximately 100-minute course twice weekly videos and the corresponding pre- and post-video assignments for each are keyed to Mondays and Wednesdays, Miami time. For example, Monday’s pre-video assignment will be due the night before, the videos will open before dawn on Monday, and the post-video assignment will be due toward the end of that week to accommodate working students. Save for the final exam which will be proctored in-person at Miami Law, the course could be taken from anywhere on earth with an appropriate internet connection. This is a rigorous course requiring close statutory analysis and considerable student time.
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 and Business
    Edition: 12th edition
    ISBN: 9781543825909
  • Textbook Name: Selected Commercial Statues
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Chomsky, Kunz, Schlitz, Tabb
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 2022 edition
    ISBN: 9781684676842
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Welcome to the course! I am glad you are here. I am updating our course Blackboard (BB) experience and will email you directly when completed, which should be shortly. For the bookless, BB will also include PDFs of the initial chapters assigned in plenty of time. The first two course assignments, Sessions 1 & 2, both due Thursday night, August 25, 2022, include the following. Class Prep Session 1 Please read on your own ("oyo") Whaley preface (approx. xxvii) And txCh. 1 [Note: "tx" = text; "pb" = problem(s).] When the course BB opens, Session 1 will also ask you for your goals for the course and for some information to allow me to get to know you. Class Prep Session 2 The assignment is txCh. 2, pb1 [all], pb2-7, and at the end of each chapter, you should solve the Assessment MCQs to test your understanding, then check the answers following. (You are not responsible for any of the text’s cases except as I might discuss them in the videos.)

    The required text is WHALEY, PROBLEMS...COMMERCIAL LAW (latest ed.) (“text” or simply “T”) and access to the Uniform Commercial Code hopefully including the 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 may find the UCC code sections on the Cornel site ( ), but it says that due to license restrictions, its on-line version of the UCC does not include the official comments. Most states’ UCC will be, well, uniform, and may reproduce as law some of the comments. I have used Florida’s in my PowerPoint slides. It would be nice, sometimes essential, to have the comments, but in general our birds’ eye view of the entire code will not require us to get that far into the weeds.

    Additional Information:
    You know from the course description that ours is a non-synchronous (NS) course with assignments keyed to pre-recorded videos. I may reuse some videos recorded for earlier courses and wanted to alert you in time for you to opt out if you wish. (I will of course be available in real time via email and cellphone as the course progresses.) If you have an extensive background in the subject matter, this may not be the course for you. I will not exclude you, but you are not my target learner. Besides access to UM’s Blackboard (BB) LMS (Learning Management System), you will need the required latest text and access to the statutory code. Our course requires a substantial time commitment and consists of 26 sessions centered on thirteen sets of 2 videos opening each Saturday morning preceded by 2 required Thursday preparatory Class Prep assignments and 2 post-video assignments due the following Tuesday, for a total of 26 video sessions and ~50 assignments. The two video sessions opening Saturday mornings could total more than 3 hours spread between Saturday and Tuesday. Add the time to complete the Class Prep and post video assignments and we are not talking about a walk in the park. On the other hand, I believe you will find the material accessible and even fun. As discussed more fully later, our course uses detailed assignments borrowed from the Oxbridge tutorial method instead of the Socratic method you are more familiar with. If you timely and satisfactorily complete 45 of the 50 assignments (90%) and take the final examination, you pass the course. Promise. The proctored final exam at UM Law will consist of between 40 and 60 Multi-State Type questions (MSQs) drawn from the course content, so costly outside study aids may be of limited utility.



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