JUR 3420 Business Law


JUR 3420 Business Law

Responsible for the course
Monica Viken

Department of Accounting - Auditing and Law

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

The course gives an introduction to the main business law topics. Knowledge about the legal framework in business and industry is decisive for setting up and keeping a business alive, regardless of line of business. The financial consequences of lacking legal knowledge within contract law or law of damages may be significant. For companies in the process of being established, a basic understanding of ownership, directors’ liability and employer’s liability provide a major competitive advantage. The course will give the students a thorough insight into legal regulation and an introduction to how the rules are to be understood. The course focuses primarily on the business law field and is hence adapted to all study programmes at BI Norwegian Business School.

Please note!
This course have overlapping topics with JUR 3430 Marketing Law. Consequently a combination of these two courses in a Bachelors degree is not allowed.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
The students will gain a basic understanding of the legal framework employed in business and industry.

Acquired skills
The students shall be able to account for the main legal aspects and liabilities related to customers, shareholders and employees. They shall be able to identify legal problems and be capable of analysing problem complexes on the basis of legal sources.
After having completed the common part of the course, the students shall be able to apply the major rules of law relating to all types of business activity. After in-depth study of a particular subject area adapted to each study programme, the students shall be able to account for the specific rules that apply in this specialization.

The students shall also be aware of the grey area outside the clearly defined rules and the ethical principles established in legal standards in the legislation, and understand how these issues can be handled in practice.

No particular prerequisites

Compulsory reading
Langfeldt, Sverre Faafeng og Tore Bråthen. Lov og rett for næringslivet. Siste utg. Universitetsforlaget : Focus forlag. Kap 1, 4, 5, 6, 9 og 10 i fellesemner. Pensum i de alternative spesialemner er: Kap 2 (eiendomsmegling) eller Kap 3 og pkt 2.27 (entreprenør) eller Kap 12 (økonomi og administrasjon, årsenhet, forretningsjus) eller Kap 18 (økonomi og ledelse).. Forrige utgave kan også benyttes
Langfeldt, Sverre F. , red. 2012. Oppgavesamling i rettslære med løsningsveiledninger : med bl.a. eksamensoppgaver i rettslære på revisorstudiet, bedriftsrett på siviløkonomstudiet, juridiske emner på bachelorstudiet 2003-2012. 11. utg. Focus
Langfeldt, Sverre F., red. Næringslivets lovsamling 1687-... til Lov og rett for næringslivet. Siste utg. Universitetsforlager : Focus forlag

Recommended reading

Langfeldt, Sverre F. og Monica Viken. 2010. Arbeidshefte i juridiske emner. Oslo: Focus Forlag

Course outline

  • Review of legal sources and legal method
  • The main aspects of contract law
  • The main aspects of the law of sales
  • Labour law
  • Liability law
  • General corporate law
  • Special topics:
1. Monetary claims
2. The Marketing Act rules on consumer protection
3. Competition protection
4. Economic crime

Computer-based tools
Computer-based tools are not used in this course.

Learning process and workload
The course consists of 45 contact hours altogether, with 35 hours of lectures and 10 hours for cases and assignments. The students will work on small cases or assignments on each topic. The cases and assignments will be reviewed in class. Students are expected to have studied the relevant syllabus material and rules of law to be covered in each lecture. Students are expected to bring the code of laws and other supporting materials to class, so that they become familiar with using them in the study of various topics. Parts of the syllabus must be acquired through self-tuition. The lectures will mainly cover the most important problem areas only.The lecture plan will show what topics will be covered in the common course and specialization sections.

Activity Hours
Assignments organized by lecturer
Preparation for lectures
Self-tuition/reading syllabus
Working on cases/assignments
Recommended total workload

The e-learning platform It’s learning is used by the e-learning centre to administrate the mandatory exercises, and make students able to communicate with each other and the lecturer. Module sessions are carried out at the beginning of the semester and before exams. The e-learning students are also offered a study guide that is an educational guide to the syllabus.

Recommended workload in hours
Participation during lectures (weekend sessions)
Assignments organized by lecturer*
Preparation for lectures
Work on syllabus, study guide, hand-in exercises and case, assignments and activities on It's learning
Recommended total workload
*Through It's learning

A 5-hour individual written exam concludes the course.

Examination code(s)
JUR 34201 – Written examination that accounts for 100% of the grade in the course JUR 3420 Business Law.

Examination support materials
All written support materials are allowed at the exam.
In courses where all support materials are allowed also allows transcripts from Lovdata ( http://www.lovdata.no/ )

Re-sit examination
A re-sit examination is offered every term.

Additional information