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251.78 sec. 001 - Corporate Social Impact (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Ofer Eldar  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 134
From January 08, 2024
To April 23, 2024

Course Start: January 08, 2024
Course End: April 23, 2024
Class Number: 33540

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 14
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 06/17 12:16 PM

In recent years, there has been growing pressure on profit-seeking corporations to address social problems. This class will critically evaluate the law and policies underlying recent developments that have allowed or required firms to take on a more active role in social and environmental issues. The class covers a range of topics, including the economic structure of nonprofit firms, the debate on corporate purpose and the profit-maximization norm, the rise of ESG investing, the proliferation of new legal hybrid forms, recent developments in the law of managerial fiduciary duties, the role of microfinance and fair trade in promoting development, and tax and subsidy policies to encourage corporations to pursue social goals. The inquiry will focus primarily on identifying the legal and economic structures that best align investors’ interest in profit-making with different social purposes. This seminar assumes basic knowledge of Business Associations, including concepts such as the duty of care, Revlon duties, the business judgment rule, and hostile takeovers.

A prior course in business associations or business law practice experience is strongly recommended.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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