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Fall 2017
LAW123  A  FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS

Course Description
The course focuses on the analysis and use of financial accounting information in the evaluation of corporate performance. The course initially demonstrates the accounting process and resulting generation of financial statements. Building on these core accounting concepts, the course emphasizes the understanding of financial statements prepared under U.S. and International Accounting Standards and the analysis of these financial statements including common size analysis, ratio analysis, the impact of taxes, and credit analysis. Completion of the course will enhance the student's ability to read, interpret and analyze financial statements for making investment, credit, acquisition and other evaluation decisions. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course you should be able to: Comprehend financial accounting's role in business and understand the differences between financial and management accounting. Read and understand company financial statements including the income statement, the balance sheet, the statement of changes in shareholders equity and the statement of cash flows Use common size analysis and ratio analysis to evaluate a company on the following dimensions: Efficiency, Liquidity, Solvency, Profitability, Cash flow Understand how creditors and investors evaluate a company, including an assessment of credit and investment worthiness.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-14-2017 - 11-21-2017   MW  11:00 AM-12:20 PM F408

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions: Students who have taken more than one term (or quarter) of an accounting, finance, or financial statements course previously are only allowed to take this course as an upper-level student on a Pass/Fail grading basis.
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information

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Professor(s)

BOND, JAMES


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: jbond@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-3487

PEREZ, MARIO


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: mperez@bus.miami.edu