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256.61 sec. 001 - Understanding Financial Crises (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Frank Partnoy  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 18, 2020
To September 29, 2020

Course Start: August 18, 2020
Course End: September 29, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 34317

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 11
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

Financial crises are devastating; they dramatically impact our lives. This one-unit class will address the regulatory, institutional, and behavioral factors that have been crucial in triggering, and then responding to, financial crises. We will cover the impact of COVID-19 on financial markets, as well as the history of financial crises, particularly since the 1980s.

The readings will consist exclusively of Professor Partnoy’s writings, including “The Worst Worst Case,” his essay in the July/August 2020 issue of The Atlantic, available here:, and his 2014 essay on financial crises for the Oxford Handbook of Financial Regulation, available here:

Students will choose a topic related to law and finance, discuss the topic with the group, and write an essay on the topic of approximately 1,500 words. An editor from The Atlantic will participate in at least one of the class meetings, and students will have the opportunity to submit their essays to be considered for publication.

This class is among the special Fall 2020 1L elective seminars designed to give entering 1Ls an extra opportunity to form connections despite our remote form of interaction. In light of that goal, these classes will expect real-time attendance and may not be recorded. These classes will all be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and total written work requirement will be no more than 8 double-spaced pages.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

This course is only open to 1Ls.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Business Law
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