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Corporate and Transactional Law

  • Bankruptcy

    February 6, 2023

    Pre/Corequisite: Students without prior basic exposure to business should normally take Corporations concurrently. Exam Type: In Class This is a comprehensive survey of the…

  • Failed Corporations: A Post-Mortem

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: Corporations is a required prerequisite and a course in bankruptcy or corporate reorganizations will be helpful, although not required. LLM students with experience in…

  • Trusts and Estates

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines freedom of disposition in American succession law by way of: (a) intestate succession; (b) wills (including…

  • Corporate Reorganization

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

    Grades are determined by 10-page papers on approved topics.
    Corporate Reorganization takes up advanced topics in…

  • Food Law and Policy Clinic

    February 6, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Students in the spring clinic must enroll in either Food…

  • Food Law and Policy Clinic

    February 6, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Food Law and Policy (2 fall classroom credits). Some seats…

  • Structuring Deals: Uncovering Tax and Structuring Strategies in M&A and other Public Transactions

    February 3, 2023

    Prerequisites: Taxation Co-rerequisites:Taxation of Business Corporations Exam Type: One-Day Take Home The course will explore how Federal income tax considerations and related structuring considerations shape…

  • International Business Law

    February 3, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One Day Take-Home This course aims to provide students with a broad overview of the problems that confront businesses as they…

  • Corporations

    February 3, 2023

    Prerequisites: There is no formal prerequisite for the course. Students without a basic familiarity – not necessarily expertise – with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts,…

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

    February 3, 2023

    Prerequisite or Corequisite: Corporations. For LLM students with the relevant background but who have not taken Corporations at HLS, contact Prof. Coates’s assistant, Stacy Tollman…

  • Comparative Law: Why Law? The Experience of China

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course uses the example of China as a springboard for asking fundamental questions about the nature of…

  • Maximizing Joint Gains: How Taxes Affect Business Decisions

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course is taught from a book written by B-school professors for B-school students. It is entirely self-contained: there…

  • Law and Neuroscience

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines cutting edge and even controversial linkages between law and neuroscience. We seek to highlight neuroscientific basis…

  • International Taxation

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisites: Taxation Exam Type: In Class This course will cover the basic federal income tax concepts, policy and law relating to taxation of foreign persons…

  • Venture Law and Finance

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: This course is open to students who have taken Corporations, or by permission of the instructor to waive the prerequisite. Students should be willing…

  • M&A Litigation

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: Admission to this seminar is by permission of the instructor. Students should send a CV and brief statement of their background and interest in…

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: By Permission. Students interested in applying to join the Lab should submit a short (300 word maximum) statement of interest to Professor Hanson. The…

  • M&A Innovation: Doctrine, Theory, and Practice

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Merger and acquisition (“M&A”) deals evolve in response to doctrinal developments, economic and social changes, and the business purpose…

  • Corporations

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: There is no formal prerequisite for the course. Students without a basic familiarity – not necessarily expertise – with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts,…

  • Corporations

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: Students should have a familiarity with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts at the level of Analytical Methods for Lawyers. Please consult the syllabus of…

  • Advanced Corporate Transactions

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: Registration for the course has two prerequisites: (1) Students must have taken Corporations or be taking it concurrently with ACT. (2) In addition, a…

  • Conceptions of Legal Entities

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: A prior or parallel course in corporate law at HLS or elsewhere, or prior experience in matters relating to the corporation or other business…

  • Transactional Law Clinical Workshop

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Transactional Law Clinics (4-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Sports Law Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will not fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: This clinic requires that students have taken at least…

  • Transactional Law Clinics

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Transactional Law Clinical Workshop (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic…

  • Deals

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: For JD students, you must have completed Corporations prior to enrolling in this course. For LLM students, Corporations or its equivalent is a prerequisite.

  • Cyberlaw Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Cyberlaw Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic and…

  • Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Cyberlaw Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in…

  • Climate Lawyering

    January 30, 2023

    Drop Deadline: January 27, 2023 Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The threat of potentially catastrophic consequences from climate change due to increasing concentrations…

  • Negotiation Workshop

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam *Cross-Registrants: Please note that cross-registrants interested in taking the Workshop must participate in the online application process for the…

  • Corporations

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: This is an introductory course without formal prerequisites. Nevertheless, students who are unfamiliar with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts are encouraged to take…

  • Corporations

    January 25, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This is the basic course on Corporations. It covers, among other topics, formation; certificate of incorporation and bylaws; limited…

  • Corporate Criminal Investigations

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The criminal investigation and prosecution of corporate misconduct are among the most high profile areas of focus for federal…

  • Stakeholder Capitalism

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites:There are no prerequisites for the course. However, it is recommended that students either (a) have taken or are taking concurrently the Corporations course at…

  • Corporate and Capital Markets Law and Policy

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for the course. However, it is recommended that students either (a) have taken (or are taking concurrently) the Corporations course…

  • Partnership Tax

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: Taxation or permission of the instructor to waive the prerequisite. Exam Type: In Class This class covers the formation, operation, and liquidation of all…

  • Cyberlaw Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Cyberlaw Clinical Seminar (2 fall classroom credits). This clinic and…

  • Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore the expanding practice around business and human rights, departing from its origins and moving into…

  • Transactional Law Clinics

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Transactional Law Clinical Workshop (2 fall classroom credits). This…

  • Contract Design: Theory and Practice

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore practices and strategies of contract design as one of the main tasks performed by transactional…

  • Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Cyberlaw Clinic (3-5 fall clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in…

  • Taxation

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course focuses on the U.S. federal income tax and the policy considerations that inform the design of the…

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: By Permission. Students interested in applying to join the Lab should submit a short (300 word maximum) statement of interest to Professor Hanson. The…

  • ESG: Corporate Ethics in the 21st Century

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home, Paper Option Available This course will investigate the rise of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) as a dominant investment…

  • Comparative Corporate Governance

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home

    Paper option available. The business corporation is a central institution in the modern capitalist economy. There are,…

  • Corporations A

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: There is no formal prerequisite for the course. Students without a basic familiarity – not necessarily expertise – with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts,…

  • Engaging China

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This one unit course will examine the role that China has been playing in a world order in flux.