Course Descriptions

Fall 2012 Class Descriptions

Bankruptcy (Philip J. Giacinti, Jr.)

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (JD)

This course will provide an examination of the liquidation and reorganization cases under the Bankruptcy Code, and the effects of bankruptcy on non-bankruptcy debtor-creditor law and pre-bankruptcy transactions. The objective of this course is to give students a working familiarity with the Code and associated rules, cases and folklore; an understanding of the policies reflected in and relevant to bankruptcy law; and an appreciation of the bankruptcy practice. There are no course prerequisites. However, the scheduling of the course on Article 9 Secured Transactions and/or the Creditors Remedies course before, or along with, the Bankruptcy course, while not required, is suggested.

Biotech Patent Law (Leonard R. Svensson)

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): Intellectual Property Law (LLMG), Intellectual Property (LLMC), Intellectual Property (JD)

This course provides students with practical guidance for preparing and prosecuting patent applications directed to biotechnology-related subject matter. Particular attention is directed to understanding the intersection of the patent law and unique commercial aspects of biotechnology-related inventions. While at least a general understanding of the basics of the biological sciences will be helpful, technical or scientific expertise in biology or chemistry is not a prerequisite for the class. Successful completion of Patent Law is suggested, but also not required.

Business Planning (Dennis Doucette)

3 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (JD)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I, Corporations

This seminar combines advance work in Corporations, Federal and State Securities laws, and Federal Taxation in the context of business planning and counseling. The course is based upon a series of problems involving common business transactions which present corporate securities law and tax issues for analysis, and resolution. The problems cover such topics as factors in the decision to incorporate; the formation of partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations, both closely held and publicly owned; securities law considerations in raising capital; corporate distributions; the sale and purchase of businesses; mergers and other forms of acquisition; and recapitalization, division, and dissolution of corporations.

Business Tranactions in the People's Republic of China (John I. Forry)

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): LLM in International Law (LLMI), International Law (LLMC), Business and Corporate Law (LLMC), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), International Law (JD), Business and Corporate Law (JD)

This course focuses first on the business climate and forms of business enterprise in the PRC. Subsequent segments address PRC legal requirements, taxation and financial reporting rules affecting foreign investors. One unit addresses PRC merger and acquisition trends and tax planning. The final segment illustrates planning in light of US and other rules in foreign investors’ home countries. A brief written exam in the final class will focus on a hypothetical foreign investment in the PRC. Class meets on Friday and Saturday from 9:00-11:30am on August 24 & 25, September 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 28 & 29, and October 12 & 13, 2012.

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