This new book for a Uniform Commercial Code survey course makes key concepts from the UCC clear and understandable, and presents the material in a format that encourages students to take the course and teachers to teach it. The book is designed for coverage in a 2 or 3-hour survey course, and covers the most significant provisions of Uniform Commercial Code Article 2 (Sales), Article 9 (Secured Transactions), and Articles 3 and 4 (Payment Systems). The start of each chapter highlights key learning objectives to allow students to fully master the material. Salient provisions of the Code have been selected and excerpted, along with cogent textual explanations and examples that bring the provisions to life, and realistic problems that test the students’ understanding and provide the starting point for class discussion. The text is designed to give a high-level overview of critical concepts from the Uniform Commercial Code, without requiring students to take several more specialized courses.


Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Learning Series
Publication Date: 05/10/2018

Wayne R. Barnes, Texas A&M University School of Law

Paula Ann Franzese, Seton Hall University School of Law

Kevin Tu, University of Maryland School of Law

David G. Epstein, University of Richmond School of Law

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“I have used the text book Learning Core Commercial Law Concepts "Core Commercial Law", as the primary academic source to teach second and third year law students a commercial law survey course at Seton Hall University School of Law. My class had approximately 40 students. This is one of the best textbooks I have seen that concerns a comprehensive statutory scheme such as the Uniform Commercial Code. There are several aspects of the book that make it an exceptional learning tool for law students seeking to master the core precepts of Articles 2, 9, 3 and 4 of the UCC. First, it is plain that the authors thoughtfully devised the structure of the text to best enable law students to develop necessary analytic skills for use with statute-driven areas of the law. As compared to the majority of law school text books, Core Commercial Law does not contain any cases. Rather, the authors carefully selected the relevant excerpts of the core statutory provisions of these articles and divided each chapter into two parts: 1) reading the Code and 2) applying the Code. Learning how to read a statute is not the same as reading other text. The student must develop this skill by learning how to carefully parse through each and every word as the statute's meaning and application depends on this precision. So too, statutory provisions will refer to other provisions and students must develop a working knowledge of how a comprehensive statutory scheme requires that he or she be facile with the ability to refer to more than one statute in order to appreciate the meaning of various provisions. The text contains short hypotheticals that test the students' working knowledge of the Code and also provides several variations on the precepts designed to teach the students to understand the Code's nuances. This is a substantially better way for students to learn the UCC than by reading caselaw. The skill to be developed here is to learn how to read and apply a statute to various factual scenarios. Core Commercial Law Concepts gives students the best learning method to master the material and develop a lifelong skill they likely will utilize in practice.

In addition, each chapter begins with a short overview of what the chapter covers. This provides the students with a ready-made template for the creation of course outlines that they may utilize when studying for exams. It is an excellent book that demystifies the comprehensive scheme that is the UCC and presents a clear path forward by which students may learn and professors may guide students to understand the material and develop the skills necessary to understand and apply the core UCC concepts of Articles 2, 9, 3 and 4.”
—Andrea B. Schwartz, Federal Government Trial Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law