GRADUATE-LEVEL BUSINESS LAW COURSES

FALL 2014 - 2015

A MESSAGE FROM JOHN AKULA

May 1,2014

 

There are changes to my law courses for 2014-15 not reflected in the catalogue.  The key information is set out below.  Here is the overview, with further details below.

Fall 2014

Spring 2015 (anticipated)

15.615. Basic Business Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager.  Full semester.  9 credits.

M/W 8:30-10am.  

15.615. Basic Business Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager. Full semester.  9 credits.

M/W 8:30-10am

15.S24 [Special Seminar in Law] Launching a Start-up: Legal Tools and Frameworks.  Full semester.  9 credits.  Mon 4-7pm* (P/F only) 

15.617. Deals, Finance and the Law .  Full semester.  9 credits.  T/Th 8:30-10am.

 

*Pizza served in 15.S24 and 15.618

15.618. Law and Cutting-Edge Technologies. Full semester.  9 credits.  Mon 4-7pm*.

15.615. Basic Business Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager.  A broad-gauged introduction to business law, including the law-sensitive issues involved in setting up and financing a new venture, and managing a growing company or a mature one; includes structuring a business entity, contracts, liability, venture capital, employment, intellectual property, buying and selling a company, regulatory compliance, and financial distress. 

15.S24 Launching a Start-up: Legal Tools and Frameworks.  An in-depth, hands-on immersion into the law-sensitive issues faced in launching a hi-tech start-up, including establishing a business entity; early agreements among founders and employees; equity compensation; developing and protecting IP; and early financing including angel investors and venture capital.  Workshops on reviewing documents and key negotiations.  Of interest to those launching a start-up or investing or partnering with one.

15.617. Deals, Finance and the Law.  The law-sensitive aspects of (i) complex deals and deal-makers, including M&A, restructuring, and private equity; (ii) lending and commercial finance, including securitization and trading in distressed debt; and (iii) financial services and products, including investment management, structured products and trading in derivatives.  Also a general introduction to business law. 

15.618. Law and Cutting-Edge Technologies.  An intensive look at the law-sensitive dimensions of the development and commercialization of cutting-edge technologies, including a close look at patents, copyrights and trade secrets; entrepreneurship and the commercialization of new technologies; and issues specific to some key cutting-edge technologies in life sciences, software, digital communications, and social media.

NOTE:      

1. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses. They are an array of choices, not a sequence. Anything you need to know about the law for any of the classes will be explained in class.

2.  All of the law courses focus primarily on U.S. law, but in 2014-15 there will be an expanded effort to include a comparative and transnational perspective on many issues.

3.  Undergraduates are welcome in all of these courses.

      

 

More information:


Here are links to a syllabus for each of the courses: