Summer 2020 Course Schedule

Hotels & Resorts: Management & Franchise Agreements (LAW-951-E001)
Michael Shindler

Meets: 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM (WTh)

Enrolled: 16 / Limit: 22

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The Hospitality & Tourism Law program offers classroom sessions with general counsel attorneys from the largest hotel companies and partners from Big Law, teaching alongside hotel general managers and senior hotel leadership. The courses combine the essential elements of law in relief against the realities and economics of practice. Students participate in discussions and visit hotels and corporate headquarters to gather insights into the forces and operations that the industry.


The prominent, but not exclusive current model, is for a real estate developer to own, design, and build a hotel. The hotel owner is often expert in creating the building, but has no real knowledge of the hotel business. The owner then will enter into a franchise agreement with a hotel company, maybe Hyatt or Marriott, for a brand that properly fits the hotel concept. At the same time, the hotel owner needs to staff the property, and will engage in a management agreement with a company to provide the general manager, and staff that actually operates the business.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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For Summer 2020, we will have online recorded sessions (asynch), plus online "live" sessions (synch) with industry executives, noted attorneys in the field, and hotel general managers.

First Class Readings

Not available at this time.


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