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Corporate Governance (Pollman)

Spring 2023   LAW 936-001  

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Elizabeth Pollman

Professor of Law
Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics

Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing

25% Participation,
75% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can send you an email with instructions for accessing the recording for the class session(s) you missed.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall 270



This seminar provides an in-depth study of a series of advanced corporate law and governance topics, from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics include: theories of the corporation, corporate purpose, corporate social responsibility, ESG, the board of directors, institutional investors, executive compensation, startup governance, and more. Some class sessions will include guest speakers (in person or via Zoom).

The course has two primary objectives: (1) to enrich your understanding of the legal system and social structure in which corporations function and your ability to think critically about effective corporate governance; and (2) to give you a substantial legal writing experience on a business law topic of your choice.

Corporations is a pre-requisite (it is okay if you are taking the course concurrently with this seminar). Regular attendance and participation is required.

Course Concentrations

Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.