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249 sec. 1 - Introduction to Finance of Businesses (Spring 2012)
Instructor: David Mendel (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Th 8:00-9:50
Meeting Location: 240
Course Start: January 12, 2012
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49736 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49733
This course is a practical, non-doctrinal approach to learning the types of investments, the players, and the techniques, involved in modern financial management. Practicing attorneys (from litigators to M&A specialist) surveyed in the process of designing this course impressed upon me the need to focus on being able to interpret financial statements. The first portion of the class will concentrate on the basics of using financial statements to learn how money flows through businesses. We will then utilize those skills on increasingly more complex real world issues. In the process, we will discuss various securities and financing transactions, introduce valuation concepts, and show how this body of knowledge might be used in your future practice.
At a minimum a student will know how to do an issue spotter from a financial point of view and when to bring in an expert. The ultimate goal is to give you the tools to potentially add value to your practice by being a business advisor.
There are no prerequisites for this course. It is open to 1L students. This course complements the skills taught in courses 251.5 - Corporate Finance and Law; 251.8 - Accounting for Lawyers; and 251.7 - Techniques of Financial Analysis for Lawyers.
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