Bankruptcy, Commercial and Consumer Law
In addition to Business and Corporate Law courses, Washington University School of Law offers a plethora of classes in the commercial law arena. Faculty members also have authored numerous law review articles, casebooks, and treatises on contracts, bankruptcy, and consumer transactions.
Courses and Scholarship
In the area of contracts, the law school offers the basic common-law Contracts course to first-year students, taught by renowned Professors Adam Badawi, Scott Baker, Gerrit De Geest, Michael Greenfield, and Peggie Smith. After the first year, students may take seminars in Contract Theory or Contract Drafting and a course on statutory contract law, Uniform Commercial Code Article 2. Professor Kim Norwood also teaches a course on Products Liability Law, encompassing both statutory contract law and tort law.
Upper-level students may also take bankruptcy and commercial law classes, including Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Consumer Transactions, Financial Literacy and Basic Financial Concepts, and a seminar on Reorganization. These courses are primarily taught by Professors Greenfield and Daniel Keating and the Honorable Barry S. Schermer, a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Many students with an interest in contracts and commercial law may also be interested in upper-level courses in law and economics, including Game Theory and the Law and Law & Economics taught respectively by Professors Baker and De Geest.
The above faculty members also have published broadly on contracts and commercial law issues in law reviews, casebooks, and treatises. Professor Badawi’s scholarship focuses on the interaction between formal law and informal norms to regulate behavior. He has published law review articles on franchising, illegal contracts, and contract interpretation. Professor Baker writes at the intersection of law, economics, and game theory, publishing several articles in top, peer-reviewed journals. Professor De Geest studies the economics of contract law, publishing “Contract Law and Economics” as part of the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics. Finally, Professor Greenfield is the author of a treatise and a casebook on consumer transactions, and Professor Keating is the author of two casebooks on commercial law and a treatise on bankruptcy and employment law.