UCL Summer School


Anglo-American Business Law (Level 2)

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Dr. Martin Petrin
Yes. Please refer to module pre-requisites below.
Assessment method
Supreme Court debate (25%), Final exam (75%)
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Module overview

This module introduces students to key areas of business law from a UK-US and international perspective, while honing their analytical, communication, and team problem solving skills. Students will become familiar with the basic structure of the legal system and key elements of contract law, product liability, intellectual property law, the insider trading prohibition, and the law governing partnerships and corporations, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions. In order to deepen students’ understanding of business law, the module will also explore multi-dimensional aspects relating to social, political, ethical and technological considerations.

These themes are developed in reference to readings drawn from judicial decisions, statutes, recent news reports, and multimedia. Students will also undertake independent research and complete written assignments in which they assume a hypothetical role such as a legislative assistant, advocate or judicial clerk. Furthermore, a highlight of the module is the Supreme Court debate, where students work in teams on pending Supreme Court cases, culminating in an in-class mock trial during which teams represent one of the parties or act as Supreme Court justices.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be familiar with key areas of law and how they affect business
  • Understand the main rights and duties of business entities
  • Have become acquainted with various forms of business organisations
  • Have a good understanding of how to analyse and argue legal issues
  • Understand the role of law and lawyers in business policy making

Module prerequisites

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). As well as the standard entry requirements, an understanding of law or business to first year undergraduate level would be preferred, but is not essential.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • Supreme Court debate (25%)
  • Final Exam (75%)

Module leader

Martin Petrin holds an S.J.D. specializing in corporate and business law from the University of California, Los Angeles, an LL.M. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in comparative law from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Martin has practised law with a leading international business law firm and is admitted to the Bar in New York and Switzerland. Martin's research interests are in corporate, business, and tort law, often from a comparative perspective. Most recently, his research has focused on corporate theory and regulation, managerial liability, and new approaches to conceptualizing the firm. Martin has widely published on the above topics and he routinely presents his research at international conferences.

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