University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Summer 2019

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. Topics include organization, financing (angel and venture), talent, intellectual property, risk and regulation, exits (acquisition, IPO) and social entrepreneurship. The course also covers ethical and professionalism issues that frequently arise for attorneys in representing 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. The course is a highly preferred pre-requisite for the Startup Practicum.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
05-27-2019 - 07-15-2019   M  5:30 PM-9:00 PM TBD

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Method of Evaluation: Students will watch pre-recorded videos on their own schedule and participate in an online discussion board/group. Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Distance Learning
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):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Entrepreneurship Law: Cases & Materials
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Reed and Barron
    Publisher: Aspen
    Edition: 2013
    ISBN: 978-0735594814
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Ensure you have proper access to the course page on Blackboard. The first assignment is: Watch welcome video here; Text (Entrepreneurship Law, Reed and Barron, 2013) 1-8; CooleyGo Sample VC Due Diligence Request List.

    All materials are available though the Blackboard course page.

    Additional Information:
    The course will be offered to you through Blackboard. Make sure you can log in to your Blackboard account through the University's online system. By the first day of the course, you should see a Blackboard page for the course. On that page you will see the course syllabus, announcements and links to the Modules, Discussion Boards and Assignments. The textbook for the course is Entrepreneurship Law: Cases and Materials by Stephen F. Reed and Esther S. Barron (2013). The course begins on Tuesday May 28. The course is broken down into 7 weekly modules. On the first day of each week (generally Monday, but Tuesday if the Monday is a holiday), the materials for each module will become available. The materials include videos of me giving lectures about the module topic(s) and the deck I use in the lectures. There may be other materials there from time to time. By Friday each week, you are expected to answer a couple multiple choice questions, which are called "Knowledge Check" and found under the Assignments for each module. As described in the syllabus, your performance on these "Knowledge Check" assignments counts towards your grade and there is no ability for you to go back and complete them after the Friday of the respective week has passed. I'm doing this on purpose to force you to stay current with the course and not fall behind thinking you can make it all up by binge watching all the videos at the end. Each weekly Module also has a Discussion Board in which I have posited a question. Your participation in the Discussion Boards counts toward your grade, so please contribute your thoughts. The questions purposefully do not have a correct or incorrect answer. They're subjective and I'm generally interested to hear your thoughts and think you will learn from hearing the perspective of other students. In total, I expect it will take you about 5 hours each week to watch the lecture videos, complete the Knowledge Check assignment, and contribute to the Discussion Board. You're free to do those 5 hours every week whenever you would like (all at once, an hour each day of the week, etc), but remember that the Assignment is due by Friday each week. Thus, you can't wait until the end of the summer and then binge the whole course, as you won't be able to complete the Assignments for the weeks that have passed and your grade will suffer. Finally, your exam will be made available on the course Blackboard page by July 22. It will be an open book exam to wh