LAW Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and the Law

Prof. Jeffrey Lipshaw,

3 credits day; 3 credits evening.


NOT OFFERED 2016-17.Students using this course to fulfill the experiential learning requirement may not also use this same course to meet the legal writing requirement.


This course will explore the theory, doctrine, and practice of law, business, and lawyering in the burgeoning entrepreneurship and venture capital space. It will be neither a traditional doctrinal course nor a “skills” course, but a hybrid exposing students to the business of early stage financing from the standpoint of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, policy makers, and lawyers. Subject matters will include both legal and business topics, including background on the venture capital industry, choice of entity issues (including tax considerations), the economics and law of executive compensation, valuation, down-rounds, and entrepreneurial versus legal mindsets. The course will not cover basic business law. Classes will consist of lecture, group exercises, and simulated negotiations. Materials will include the Maynard & Warren casebook as well as a course pack. Grading to be based on class participation, homework assignments, and a multiple choice final on the lecture materials (the final to count no more than 25% of the grade).


  Prerequisite: LLCs and Partnerships or permission of instructor.

pointer  Enrollment is limited: 20 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Financial Services Concentration Requirements

pointer    Meets Intellectual Property Concentration Requirements

pointer    May Fulfill Legal Writing Requirement

pointer    Meets Advanced Legal Writing Standard

pointer    Meets Experiential Learning Requirement


<<Course Updated: April 06, 2016>>