Spring 2014 Course Schedule

Lawyering for Social Entrepreneurs (prerequisite: LAW-611 or permission) (LAW-921E-001)
Holderness, Ng

Meets: 03:00 PM - 05:50 PM (TH) - Room 527

Enrolled: 13 / Limit: 14

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Prereq: LAW-611 or permission of instructor


This course is designed to introduce law students to the emerging field of social entrepreneurship and the law. Globally, an increasing number of mission-driven enterprises seek to utilize entrepreneurial principles to advance positive change through specific social and environmental objectives. These nonprofit and for-profit ventures are led by social entrepreneurs—people who develop innovative solutions to traditional social problems. Given their triple-bottom line approach (social, environmental, financial), these social entrepreneurs often face unique legal challenges as they operate somewhere between the traditional for-profit and nonprofit entities.

The goal of this course is to prepare students with the necessary skills to later effectively counsel social entrepreneurs. This includes understanding how the law can be used as a powerful tool to help social entrepreneurs achieve their objectives. Therefore, as outlined below, each class will focus on a specific legal topic and use a case study approach to discuss how relevant laws apply to hypothetical organizations, but based on actual, legal challenges faced by high-impact social entrepreneurs.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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