Summer 2017 Course Schedule

Intro to Hotel Law (HTL Series) (LAW-795OO-001)
Carl Hurwitz, John Jacobsen, Steven Shapiro

Meets: 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM (MT) - Yuma - Room Y250

Enrolled: 9 / Limit: 20

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Meets 6/12-6/18. Intro to Hotel Law is part of the Hospitality & Tourism Law program (HTL). Please also visit 795PP, 795NN & 795HI. To contact the HTL program director, please e-mail

Students may earn academic credit for up to two credits per week in the summer semester (excluding full semester courses). This course counts toward the two credit per week limit. To register, email


For a hotel guest, the visit is often a seamless series of selecting the hotel, making a reservation, checking-in and staying at the property, then paying for the stay. In fact, the hotel industry, in its current evolution, is an intricate series of parties acting in concert and pursuant to law and legal agreements: (i) hotel properties are developed, designed, and built by a real estate developer; (ii) the hotel company creates brands and operating standards, customer loyalty programs, and sophisticated reservations systems; and (iii) management companies, often third parties, operate the hotel. Hotel law practice has been a leading indicator and global driver in the international legal market. Traditional legal positions are available in law firms, hotel general counsel offices, and in-house attorneys for hotel developers. Non-traditional legal positions are available as hotel general managers, acquisitions officers, and in the hotel supply chain. This course sets the stage for rigorous academic and professional study, integrating legal analysis with economic evaluation and strategic planning. The course 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.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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