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.
Enrollment is limited: 20
Meets Financial Services Concentration Requirements
Meets Intellectual Property Concentration Requirements
May Fulfill Legal Writing Requirement
Meets Advanced Legal Writing Standard
Meets Experiential Learning Requirement
<<Course Updated: April 06, 2016>>