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Business Law: Commercial Law

This research guide will point you to several general resources for conducting business law research with focuses on commercial law, bankruptcy law, and secured transactions. There are also dedicated sub-guides for Asian business and financial news.


Commercial law is a general term used to describe the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and business engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade, and sales.  This practice area deals primarily with commercial transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), a joint project of the Uniform Law Commission and the American Law Institute. The key articles of the UCC are:

  • UCC Article 1 - General Provisions
  • UCC Article 2 - Sales
  • UCC Article 2A - Leases
  • UCC Article 3 - Negotiable Instruments
  • UCC Article 4 - Bank Deposits and Collections
  • UCC Article 4A - Funds Transfers
  • UCC Article 5 - Letters of Credit
  • UCC Article 6 - Bulk Sales
  • UCC Article 7 - Document Title
  • UCC Article 8 - Investment Securities
  • UCC Article 9 - Secured Transactions

Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)


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