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Topics in Corporate Law: Corporate Governance (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-720
  • Class Number: 03410
  • Instructor: Peter K. Rosen

Course Description

Corporate governance has become one of the more compelling and challenging subjects in law, business and society.   Lawyers counseling their public company, private company or nonprofit clients or litigating against the these entities, their Boards and their senior managers must be knowledgeable about board and management decisions involving executive leadership, senior management succession planning, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions,  and social and governance policies.

This course will examine the purpose, evolution and history of corporate governance standards, the current structure, makeup, priorities and culture of boards, shareholder/stakeholder engagement, shareholder activism, corporate social responsibility, indemnification of boards and their management, and current “hot” topics in corporate governance

The course materials will rely largely on the cases and articles in Corporate Governance, Cases and Materials, 2d ed.  M&A lawyers and investment bankers will attend some of the classes to talk about their experiences.

This course is one of the elective Business Law Courses and counts toward the Certificate in Business Law. 

The course will be two units. It may be taken CR/D/F. Participation points will be awarded.  One memo analyzing various issues will be required and will be due around the 8th week of class.   There will be a take home, open book, paper that will constitute your final exam. Enrollment is not limited in any way.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: M 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 114
  • Exam: Take-home exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Points will be awarded
  • Pre-requisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in Business Organizations