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Spring 2023

5421 Business Organizations - NELSON- 11102

Professor(s): James Nelson (FACULTY)

Credits: 4

Course Areas: Business and Commercial Law 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MTW  Location: 102A 

Course Outline: This course surveys the law governing business organizations. It examines the role of legal rules in structuring economic relationships among shareholders, management, creditors, and other participants in modern businesses. Topics covered include the law of agency, the law of partnership, corporate formation, creditor protection, shareholder voting, fiduciary duties, and insider trading. The course will consider various forms of business organization, but the primary emphasis will be on publicly traded corporations.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 05/10 9am-1pm  102A    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: Important (MEE)

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: (1) William T. Allen, Reinier Kraakman & Vikramaditya S. Khanna, Commentaries and Cases on the Law of Business Organization, Sixth Edition. This will be the casebook for our class. (2) William T. Allen & Reinier Kraakman, Commentaries and Cases on the Law of Business Organization, 2016-2017 Statutory Supplement. This is the required statutory supplement that accompanies our casebook.