Course Details


This course covers Title 11 of the United States Code, the Bankruptcy Code. It includes both consumer and business bankruptcy. Students will learn the basic concepts of bankruptcy, and how those concepts are applied in actual cases. We will study the following topics: - invoking bankruptcy relief; - property of the bankruptcy estate; - the automatic stay and relief from the stay; - the treatment and payment of unsecured claims; - the treatment and payment of secured claims; - executory contracts; - avoiding powers; the discharge of pre-bankruptcy debts; - exemptions; and - chapter 11 reorganizations. Registration Requirements: There are no prerequisites. Students may find that Secured Transactions is helpful, either taken prior to or at the same time as Bankruptcy, but it is not required. Evaluation Method: Course grading is based on an end-of-semester objective examination; class attendance and participation can be taken into account. Teaching Method: The course mixes lecture, discussion of cases, and the in-class solving of problems from the casebook; lectures will be accompanied by PowerPoint presentations. Class Materials: Casebook: Charles J. Tabb & Ralph Brubaker, Bankruptcy Law: Principles, Policies, and Practice (4th ed. LexisNexis 2015), ISBN 978-1-6304-3081-8, along with a 2017 Casebook Supplement, to be made available. Statutory supplement: The 2017 MiniCode (AWHFY) (see Optional: Charles Jordan Tabb, Law of Bankruptcy (4th ed. 2016 West), ISBN 978-1-63459-927-6.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 665B
Additional Course Information: Business Concentration Elective

Course History

Spring 2019
Title: Bankruptcy
Faculty: Markell, Bruce A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 70     Actual: 43

Spring 2018
Title: Bankruptcy
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 70     Actual: 30