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258.2 sec. 001 - Social Enterprise Law (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Jennifer Lynn Barnette  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Jesse M Finfrock  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 8:25 PM
Location: Law 240
From February 29, 2024
To March 07, 2024

F 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Law 240
From March 01, 2024
To March 08, 2024

F 3:10 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Law 240
From March 01, 2024
To March 08, 2024

Course Start: February 29, 2024
Course End: March 08, 2024
Class Number: 32236

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 22
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 06/17 01:46 PM

Social enterprises combine the goals of traditional philanthropy with the financial power and innovation of business to address the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. This corporate law course introduces students to the legal, regulatory, and business aspects of social enterprises, which include both (i) public and private for-profit entities that undertake certain social and environmental objectives and (ii) non-profits that form “hybrids” with for-profit entities.

Students will study contrasting approaches to social entrepreneurship, learn about the different (new and existing) legal structures that regulate social enterprises, consider the types of financing models available to social enterprises, evaluate the need for “exits” in the social enterprise space, and consider the various means currently available to evaluate performance against social and environmental objectives.

The course will utilize readings, in-class discussions and exercises, and draw upon the expertise of guest speakers, from the public and private sectors.

The course meets on these dates:
Th. 2/29, Fri. 3/1 and Th. 3/7, Fri. 3/8

This class will be co-taught by Jesse Finfrock and Jennifer Barnette. Jesse Finfrock is a general counsel and advisor to impact investors and social entrepreneurs. Jen Barnette is an attorney at Cooley and one of the leaders of the firm's Social Enterprise and Impact Investing practice.

We also have special academic rules for these condensed courses:
-Students must attend each course session and cannot attend any course session remotely (even for illness or emergency situations).
-The Registrar’s Office will drop a student who does not attend each course session.

Due to the condensed nature of this course, in-person attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absences cannot be excused for any reason, including illness or emergencies. The Registrar’s Office will drop any student who misses a session.

Attendance at the first 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.

Business Associations is highly recommended

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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