Broome Spring 2015: Sales (3 hours) (in some years) deals with the sale of goods under Article 2 of the UCC and Payment Systems (3 hours) (in some years) deals with negotiable instruments (checks and promissory notes) under Articles 3 and 4. Secured Transactions is a foundation course normally taken by 3Ls. Secured Transactions may not be taken in addition to the 4-hour course, Sales and Secured Transactions, which is occasionally offered.
Bankruptcy and Secured Transactions cover some common topics, but a student may enroll in both courses. Bankruptcy is not a prerequisite or co-requisite for Secured Transactions.
Jacoby Fall 2014: Notwithstanding the designation of this course as "core" by the law school, commercial law experts generally see the basic bankruptcy course as a generalist course especially useful for all lawyers, and secured transactions as more specialized. My course materials treat commercial law as an integrated system. Thus, there is some overlapping coverage in both courses, but it is not as extensive as students sometimes suggest. you can take both course and many do. The school permits you to take them in any order or concurrently.