Summer 2019 Course Schedule

Hotels & Resorts: Introduction to Hospitality Law (LAW-950-001)
Steven Goldman

Meets: 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM (MTu) - Capital - Room C217

Enrolled: 9 / Limit: 22

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For more information, contact Program Director, Steven Shapiro,


At the core of the Hospitality & Tourism Law Program, Introduction to Hotel Law traces the economic models of the industry, along with explanations of the terminology and current industry relationships. We then look at the common agreements in place for types of the hotels, followed with in-depth reviews of common provisions that often define these relationships. During the course, we investigate issues that are distinctive to the lodging industry while also examining important legal constructs that govern commercial relationships. Our material looks at topics in contract law, franchise agreements, intellectual property, data security, and dispute resolution. In particular, we will discuss management, licensing and branding rights, business formation and the complexities of hotel real estate development. Hotel management, licensing and ancillary agreements, and the issues that heighten negotiations of these documents also will be reviewed. This course mixes traditional analysis of case law and model forms of agreement, plus a look at statutory trends in the international market. For the student seeking to establish a practice in hospitality law, it is critical to understand the legal component parts of these agreements and to appreciate the strict demands included in the agreements. Upon completing this course, the student should have a fundamental understanding of the important legal concepts and practical applications in hotel law. As a starting point, we look at the fundamental economic models in the hotel industry, then trace the agreements that support those models. The prominent, but not exclusive current model, is for a real estate developer to own, design, and build a hotel. The hotel owner is often expert in creating the building, but has no real knowledge of the hotel business. The owner then will enter into a franchise agreement with a hotel company, maybe Hyatt or Marriott, for a brand that properly fits the hotel concept. At the same time, the hotel owner needs to staff the property, and will engage in a management agreement with a company to provide the general manager, and staff that actually operates the business. Introduction to Hotel Law presents the essential legal elements of the hotel industry and common themes when representing the various interests of participants. Rooted in these core topics, students can then pursue advanced courses and begin to chart a path in their intended career.

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