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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 15.647 (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Sloan School of Management 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. John Akula

     
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 15.615 / 15.647 Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager



    Spring 2003




    Course Highlights


    15.615 / 15.647 is one of a handful of law courses offered at the Sloan School of Management. Lecture notes, provided by students, and an article by John Akula ("Tort Law in a Peanut") are included.


    Course Description


    This course provides a basic understanding of legal issues that corporations face during their existence. The course starts by providing the basic building blocks of business law. We then follow a firm through its life cycle from its "breakaway" from an established firm through it going public.

    The materials covered during 15.647 (the first half of the semester) emphasize the organization and financing of the company. In the second half of the course we examine a broad array of law-sensitive issues relating to intellectual property, product development, M&A transactions, international trade, the duties of directors and officers, business disputes, and bankruptcy and reorganization.

    The goal of the course is not to impart technical legal skills, but to enhance the judgment which students will bring to their responsibilities as entrepreneurs, managers in established companies, or consultants and advisors. There are two take-home exercises, and no exams. Students wishing to take only the first half of the Manager's Legal Function should register for 15.647, which meets only during the H1 period.
     

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