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   You can improve your value to your organization and serve your organization better by recognizing some of the legal issues that work organizations face on a regular basis. For non-lawyers in a variety of work environments, you will find out what you should know, and when to consult a lawyer.
   After completing this course, you will better understand legal issues in the workplace, know when your organization needs to consult a lawyer, and have the knowledge to better serve your organization and work with lawyers.

One month course, Melissa Meyer, instructor


Unit 1
Understanding Legal Documents
-Common legal terms
-Why lawyers write the way they do
-Overview of regulations and how to find them
-Contracts, when they generally happen

Unit 2
Do I need a lawyer?
-What types of things can I handle myself?
-Copyrights, business formations, claims
-Non-lawyer document preparation
-Lawyer fee structures

Unit 3
Intellectual property
-What’s in a name? Copyright and trademark issues
-Trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements
-Covenants to not compete

Unit 4
When Mistakes Happen
-What kind of exposure am I looking at?
-Criminal laws, personal injury
-Product liability and copyright infringement
-What to expect in a courtroom

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

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It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):
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$195 USD
Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor

Melissa Meyer has been an assistant public defender, litigation attorney, and appellate court attorney.  She has her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from The State University of New York at Buffalo.  Meyer has taught law for several colleges, and is also a community volunteer. 

Course Objectives
You will learn:
-A basic overview of understanding legal documents
-Types of legal business matters that do not necessarily require an attorney
-Intellectual property issues you need to keep in mind - both protecting what is yours and not infringing on others
-Situations that could set you up for legal exposure, including lawsuits
Course Outcomes
At the conclusion of completing this class:
-You will have a greater understanding of legal documents, including terminology.
-You will know some basic steps you can take to protect your business’ interests.
-You will be able to anticipate potential legal issues that your company could someday face.
-You will be able to identify business matters that can be handled without an attorney.
-You will be able to identify situations in which you should hire an attorney, and what to expect if you do.
Completion Requirements