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Counseling the Startup Company (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-827
  • Class Number: 03570
  • Instructor: Joshua Rosenfeld

Course Description

This course will follow a hypothetical start-up venture through various stages of growth and development.  The course will center around the role of the attorney in these stages, and will focus on examining, understanding and developing key provisions in the agreements that commonly are associated with these stages, such as entity formation, corporate maintenance, hiring employees, engaging consultants and advisors, equity compensation, intellectual property protection, creating revenue by commercializing intellectual property, and seed-stage and venture capital financing.  Class sessions will be a mix of standard lecture/discussion and individual and group exercises such as mock negotiations and other role playing exercises.  The professors are practicing transactional attorneys at Strategic Law Partners, LLP, with practices focusing on early-stage start-ups in Silicon Beach and Silicon Valley, and many actual client documents and examples will be used in the course.

This course is a two (2) unit course and will meet once per week for two hours.  This course counts toward completion of the Business Law Certificate and the Technology and Entrepreneurship Certificate.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Th 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 130
  • Exam: Open-book/notes take-home exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Enrollment Limitation: 20 students