Section 003, Fall 2019
Section Description Provided by Instructor
This is the basic course in U.S. corporate law. The course considers the role of law in structuring the relationships among shareholders, management, and other stakeholders in modern business corporations. It also considers alternatives to the corporate form and the reasons entrepreneurs may prefer a particular form. The course accordingly starts by covering the principles of agency law and partnerships. These concepts serve as the foundation upon which the rest of the course builds.
A major part of the course is examines the fiduciary obligations of directors and controlling shareholders, with an emphasis on the law of Delaware. The course addresses general fiduciary obligations in addition to considering the role of management and directors in particular contexts, such changes in corporate control. The course also provides an introduction to the laws governing the proxy process, securities fraud, and insider trading. The materials include state corporate codes, judicial decisions, and federal regulations.
In addition to introducing students to the relevant bodies of law, the course addresses the business and policy considerations at stake in various contexts. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the role of transactional attorneys in advising clients facing particular challenges and decisions.
MTR 10:40-12:00 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit