University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Fall 2017

Course Description
The course provides an overview of the myriad legal issues that frequently arise for entrepreneurs as they work to turn their ideas into a successful business. Specific topics will include formation, angel financing, intellectual property, talent acquisition, venture capital, initial public offering, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, liquidation, and social entrepreneurship. The course also highlights ethical and professionalism issues that frequently arise in the representation of startups, including, for example, whether attorneys may take equity in exchange of their services. Real world case studies are used to help guide the discussion. During the course, students are responsible for identifying a concrete legal issue facing a startup in their field of choice and presenting a summary of the issue along with recommendations for how to address it to the class, who, along with the professor, act as the company's board of directors. Students then submit at the end of the course a comprehensive memorandum drafted for the board of directors on the issue. The course is a highly preferred pre-requisite for the Startup Practicum.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-14-2017 - 11-21-2017   F  9:00 AM-10:50 AM F209

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Method of Evaluation: Participation, Presentation, Paper.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Related
Government & Regulation - Related
Intellectual Property - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None