Employment Law: Employee Benefits
Business Law: Finance: Capital Markets, Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance
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[ Litigation ] [ Transactional ] [ Academia ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] Employment Law: Employee Benefits
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[ Litigation ] as a Foundational Course : For any civil litigation practice, a basic understanding of business principles is key, as much of civil litigation involves corporations, whether it's two corporations litigating against each other, or a government agency or public interest organization suing a corporation for alleged wrongdoing. This course covers the basic language of business, essential for understanding the finances, contracts, and operations of the corporation, which are often crucial aspects of the litigation.
[ Transactional ] as a Foundational Course : For students interested in working in the private sector representing business clients, a basic understanding of business principles is key. This course is a building block for more advanced business law courses. This course instructs the student in the basic language of business, essential for negotiating contracts and deals.
[ Academia ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Key Elective for those interested in Business : A basic understanding of business principles is key in practice areas like employee benefits and employment law, which deal with the relationship between a business and its employees. This course covers the basic language of business, essential for understanding the finances, contracts, and operations of the business.
General course Description:
The objective of financial accounting is to measure economic activity for decision-making. Financial statements are a key product of this measurement process and an important component of firms' financial reporting activities. This course is aimed at developing students' ability to read, understand, and use corporate financial statements. The primary focus is on understanding the mapping between underlying economic events and financial statements, and how this mapping can affect inferences about future firm profitability. To this end, the course will provide an introduction to: (1) accrual accounting concepts, principles and conventions; (2) the process of preparing and presenting the primary financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows); (3) the judgment involved and discretion allowed in making accounting choices; (4) the effects of accounting discretion on the quality of the (reported) financial information; and (5) the fundamentals of financial statement analysis. Class time will be allocated to a combination of short lectures and discussions of the assigned cases. The assigned cases are based on actual corporate financial statements and/or "real life" financial situations. Elements used in grading: Class participation, attendance, written assignments, final paper.
Course Style: A Substantive/Quantitative course is one that teaches the rules and theory of a quantitative subject area that relates to the practice of law.
Course Frequency: Offered once a year