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Advanced Accounting & The Law will explain several financial accounting concepts that lawyers often encounter in a variety of legal settings. Topics will include analyzing both financial statements and the notes to those statements; drafting contracts in light of the rules on recognizing revenue; recognizing and analyzing off-balance sheet financing arrangements, including operating leases and variable interest entities; and opining on contingent liabilities and the effect of such opinions on financial statements. Because businesses tend to focus on financial results and how they must report those results, any lawyer who has a business-oriented practice (e.g., securities, tax, corporate, commercial litigation, real estate) will find that having a basic understanding of these and other financial accounting concepts will greatly enhance their ability to serve their clients. The course also will cover nonprofit and governmental accounting for those pursuing a career in the nonprofit or public sectors.
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