Payment Systems

Read the course description below to learn how this course will be taught.

Class Unique: 28214
Online-only Unique: 28213

The 28214 section of this course will be taught in person but with the option of occasional remote participation via Zoom.  If students require all remote participation, they must register for the 28213 section of this course, which is identical but web-based.

An introduction to the "payments" side of commercial law: traditional devices (cash, checks, promissory notes) vs. their more recent plastic and electronic substitutes (credit and debit cards, electronic transfers, Bitcoins, whatever). Transactions in negotiable paper are the subject of several articles of the Uniform Commercial Code (3, 4, 4A, et al.); the plastic and electronic systems are more likely to be governed by federal statute and regulation, as well as by private contract. Even a concise overview of this material makes a serious exercise in reading statutes. Behind the statutes, and more interesting, is one of the great common-law inventions: the idea of "negotiability." How this works (and why) is a question at the dead center of the whole of commercial law. The intersection of Contracts and Property thinking, and the way it is typically extended from two-party to three-party scenarios, makes Payments a rewarding topic for anyone who likes the basic private-law building blocks. (You do NOT have to want to work in a bank.)

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Wednesday 12:00 - 1:15 pm TNH 2.138
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final (administered by Exam4) 12/14/20

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable


  • Sales store materials
  • Commercial and Debtor-Creditor Law - Baird
      Foundation Press , edition: 2014
      ISBN: 9781628100587   (required)