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This class is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2021. The professor assignment or course offering may change. The course description and course information shown is from the last time this professor taught this course and is subject to change.
Spring 2021
LAW123  A  FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS

Course Description
This course is a distance learning course and physical presence at the Law School is not required. This online course is taught in a primarily asynchronous manner, meaning that students will have a designated amount of time each week to watch videos, review material, and complete class assignments, but will not have a regular live classroom experience except for the following. All students will be required to meet online at a few key points during the course as a class to allow for introductions/expectations, prepare for and/or review quizzes or exams, participate in class discussion and to facilitate the group project. These sessions, an estimated 4 to 6 real time sessions during the semester, are tentatively scheduled as shown below and are planned for Tuesday from 4:10 pm to 5:50 pm EST.

January 26th - Introduction and course format
February 23rd - Materials review and Quiz prep
March 2nd - Quiz results review (if needed)
April 6th – Group project discussions – (subject to change based on group availability)
April 20th - Final materials review
April 27th – cont. Final materials review (if needed)

Although this course generally offers a great deal of flexibility in that students may log in and participate at any time during the week, the course is not self-paced. Students are expected to participate regularly and continually throughout each learning module in the course, and must participate in weekly interactive exercises (graded discussion boards and homework assignments) with classmates and the professors.

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
None

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: This course is intended to be an introduction to financial accounting for students who do not have a degree in accounting or who did not pursue accounting training previously. Students who have taken accounting courses beyond the introductory level (ex. 300(0) level accounting course such as Intermediate Accounting) are only allowed to take this course as an upper-level student on a Pass/Fail grading basis. Be sure to check with the Law Registrar’s office, or either Professor with a copy of your transcripts, in advance if you think this may apply to you to confirm the grading basis.
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Discussion board participation, Homework assignments, Group paper, Quiz and Final Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions: Students who have taken accounting courses beyond the introductory level (ex. 300(0) level accounting course such as Intermediate Accounting) 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):
NEW YORK SKILLS
Concentration(s):
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None

 
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


This class is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2021. The professor assignment or course offering may change. The course description and course information shown is from the last time this professor taught this course and is subject to change.