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Summer Offerings

Enrich the remote working experience of your summer associates or staff attorneys with our new online series of courses, workshops, and book talks with Columbia Law faculty.

Explore the tabs below for offerings available by category. Summer associates can delve into everything from advance negotiating tactics to cultivating racial literacy. All offerings for summer associates may be tailored for attorneys; CLE credit will be available.

Pricing

Pricing is dependent on the number of participating summer associates and/or law firm personnel/attorneys and the number of courses selected. 

In some cases, courses can be tailored in terms of time commitment. Please note that slots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know your needs as soon as possible.

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Data Analytics for Lawyers

Instructor: Adam Elmachtoub
Five One-Hour Sessions. Available: June 1 to July 31

Analytics refers to the ways in which enterprises can use data to gain insights and make better decisions. In this offering, Summer Associates will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of data analytics, focusing on the insights and applications of the techniques rather than their derivation or implementation. Participants will understand the intersection of law and data analytics in topics such as social justice, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, and privacy. By the end of the course, students should be comfortable with the core ideas behind data analytics and its potential for application during their summer internship and beyond.

Financial Statement Analysis

Instructor: Norman Bartczak
Five Two-Hour Sessions. Available May 1-July 31

This offering concentrates on how various financial reporting options affect income, assets, cash flow forecasts, financial ratios, and trends. Distinguishing between accounting rules and underlying economic realities is emphasized throughout. Participants will learn how financial statements are prepared, the linkage between the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement, and how these statements need to be examined as a whole to understand a company's performance. 

Regulating Big Tech

Instructor: Anu Bradford
Available: May–August (limited availability May 24-June 10)

Europe has been at the forefront of regulating the digital economy, leveraging its antitrust laws against big tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. The EU is also the world’s leading regulator of data privacy through its GDPR that has become a global benchmark for the companies worldwide. The EU’s latest regulatory proposals—Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act—are the next regulatory frontier that will shape the technology industry in the EU, US and beyond. This course will introduce the participants to the EU’s key regulations affecting the Big Tech industry, explaining the key legal instruments, enforcement actions, and the broader regulatory philosophy underlying the EU’s regulatory agenda. This offering can be structured as a single 1-hour introductory course or broken into 2-3 individual classes that will delve deeper into sub-topics such as privacy, online speech, antitrust, or comparative analysis of the EU, US and Chinese regulation of digital economy.

Valuation

Instructor: Eric Talley
Four One-Hour Sessions. Available June 14 to July 9

This course provides an overview of the intersection between the fields of financial valuation and law—one that has grown increasingly prominent within a variety of contexts including: contracts, mergers and acquisitions, securities litigation, regulated industries, corporate law, antitrust and intellectual property. Emphasis will center on developing an understanding for the techniques that financial professionals have developed over the last half century to address "real world" problems of valuation as they come up in legal settings (both litigation and transactional).

Venture Capital

Instructor: David Schizer
Five One-Hour Sessions. Available May 17 through July 31

Using venture capital as a case study, this course highlights two key ways that transactional lawyers add value. First, although transactions vary in their details, every deal involves problems of information and incentives, which can discourage parties from entering into what otherwise would be value-maximizing arrangements. Second, legal and regulatory regimes sometimes treat economically similar arrangements differently. The best deal lawyers find ways to overcome these information and incentive problems and navigate these regulatory regimes and enable participants to explore different responses to the relevant issues, including VC specialization, staged financing, VC control rights, the impact of an IPO on these rights, the VC’s reputation among entrepreneurs and investors, equity compensation, the VC’s carry, clawbacks, the mandatory liquidation of VC funds, and the tax implications of providing convertible preferred stock to VCs and common stock to entrepreneurs.