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250 sec. 2 - Business Associations (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Nicholas Howson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 4
Meeting Time: WTh 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 105

Course Start: August 22, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49643


In virtually every area of legal practice, some rudimentary knowledge about the laws governing business organizations (and particularly corporations) proves helpful. This 4-unit survey course provides much of that orientation, examining the laws governing the modern business organization (with an emphasis on corporations). We will cover a number of topics, including rules of agency law, partnership law, corporate formation, corporate identity, rights of creditors, fiduciary duties, corporate governance, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions and securities fraud. At core, this is a survey course, so many of the topics we will discuss also have specialized courses offering a more detailed treatment. Consequently, our key goal will be to understand the rudimentary structure of each topic, and how the topics interrelate and in particular how corporate law regulates relationships among multiple different constituencies of the firm, including owners, managers, creditors, employees, customers, and suppliers. Viewed in this light, the governance of a corporation implicates the same challenges and concerns that affect any multi-party economic relationship, ranging from problems of collective action, free riding, private information, distribution and opportunism. The laws governing business organizations constitute an important set of rules, institutions, and practices that regulate and address these concerns.

Prerequisites:
Students must have had a course in contract law (either prior or concurrent to enrollment). For LLMs who have not taken the course, a foreign contract law course will suffice, or consent of instructor based i
on sufficient practice experience in similar fields.

Exam Notes: F
Course Category: Business Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Economics

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Books:
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  • Corporations And Other Business Associations: Selected Statutes, Rules, And Forms
    Charles R. T. O'Kelley, Robert B. Thompson,
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9780735540668
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $0.98
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Corporations and Other Business Associations: Cases and Materials
    Charles R.T. O'Kelley and Robert B.Thompson
    Edition: 6th Edition (2010)
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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