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  • Empirical Law and Finance

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Empirical tools have been increasingly used in litigation, regulation, and policymaking in the fields of corporate law, corporate governance,…

  • Introduction to Accounting

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This 1-credit fall course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the accounting information presented in…

  • Corporate Finance

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Students must have taken Analytical Methods, Introduction to Finance Concepts, or a similar introduction to basic present value calculations at HLS or elsewhere. Exam

  • Comparative Corporate Governance

    September 29, 2022

    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,…

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Introduction to Finance Concepts 4-Day Section

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This 1-unit course is designed to provide students with no prior coursework in finance an introduction to core concepts…

  • Corporate and Capital Markets Law and Policy

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Stakeholder Capitalism

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Empirical Methods and Data Analysis for Lawyers

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam Empirical data, and statistical and empirical tools and concepts, are increasingly used in litigation, regulation, and legal policymaking and research.

  • Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Fintech

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class We will explore in this course the law and policy issues that are raised by the use of the…

  • Bankruptcy

    September 29, 2022

    Co-requisite: Students without prior basic exposure to business should normally take Corporations concurrently. Exam Type: In Class This basic bankruptcy course covers the major…

  • Ethics, Economics and the Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Explores controversies about the use of markets and market reasoning in areas such as organ sales, procreation, environmental regulation,…

  • Federal Budget Policy

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam

    Students enrolled in the course will be expected to submit a series of reaction papers to…

  • Securities Regulation

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class

    In addition to an in-class examination, students will be asked to participate in blog postings on a…

  • Race, Class, Policing, and Punishment

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The virtually unprecedented overall rate at which we lock people up in this country, combined with the extreme concentration…

  • Corporate Governance: Corporate Purpose

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Corporations, as co-requisite, or sufficient background with permission of the instructor. Exam Type: No Exam In this course, we will examine classic writings and…

  • Economic Analysis of Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class What effects does law have? Do corporations pollute less, market safer products, and adhere more often to their…

  • Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Students who have completed either of the following Spring 2021 reading groups, Evaluating Criminal Justice Reform or Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics,…

  • Law and Economics

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will provide students with exposure to ongoing research in the economic analysis of law. At most of…

  • Law and Economic Development

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home This course will explore past and present debates about the role of the legal order in economic development. We…

  • Contract Design: Theory and Practice

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Trusts and Estates

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Corporations

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Conceptions of Legal Entities

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • International Taxation

    September 28, 2022

    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…

  • Corporate Finance

    September 22, 2022

    Prerequisites: No prerequisites, but a corporations course is strongly advised. Exam Type: In Class This course addresses the fundamentals of financial economics and reviews applications…

  • Antitrust Law

    September 20, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines the law, economics, practice, and policy of the federal antitrust laws. The main subjects are horizontal…

  • Animal Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites, and 1L students are welcome in the class. Exam Type: One Day Take-Home Students will be evaluated on the basis…

  • Financial and Legal Needs of Low and Moderate Income Households

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam The seminar will examine the opportunities and perils in consumer financial services available to low and moderate income households. We…

  • Classical Liberalism and the Rule of Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Students will be expected to complete two short papers in response to course readings, and a longer paper…

  • Law and Economics

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will provide students with exposure to ongoing research in the economic analysis of law. At most of…

  • Securities Regulation

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Most students find it helpful to have completed or to take concurrently a course in Corporations before taking Securities Regulation. Exam Type: In Class…

  • Business Valuation and Analysis

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: HLS courses “Introduction to Accounting,” “Introduction to Accounting 3-Week Section,” or an equivalent prior accounting course at a university covering an introduction to financial…

  • Introduction to Accounting 3-Week Section

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This 1-credit spring course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the accounting information presented in corporate…

  • Quantitative Reasoning

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-home This course provides an introduction to quantitative concepts and methods that are increasingly important for lawyers. We will…

  • Corporations

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Failed Corporations: A Post-Mortem

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Bankruptcy

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Corporations

    September 14, 2022

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