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LAW 1058: Lawyering for Entrepreneurship
Spring 2024 • Section 01 • CRN 36464

Course Description

Lawyering for Entrepreneurship is an intensive simulation and drafting course that exposes students to the world of transactional lawyering and entrepreneurial finance. The course is centered on the formation and development of new fictional startup companies pitched by students in the course and is designed to simulate the development of a successful startup from idea conception to exit (e.g. by selling the business). Along the way, students are immersed in both legal (e.g. corporate governance, intellectual property, employment law, securities law) and business (e.g. giving an "elevator pitch" for a new company, reading a financial statement, understanding and calculating IRR) concepts and problems common in this context, and are asked to play the role of client and/or lawyer to plan, counsel, negotiate and draft the four deals typical in the life of a startup: (i) founding; (ii) early ("angel") funding; (iii) mid-stream (venture capital) funding; and (iv) a sale of the business.


Day/Time Location
T/Th 10:15-11:50 AM Online Meeting

Course Details

  • Matt Devine
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Writing
Course Modality

Online Synchronous

Fulfills J.D. Requirement
  • Writing Serial
  • Writing Research
  • Experiential/Professional Skills


Registration Info

Registration Notes

This course was formerly titled Transactional Skills Workshop, and has been renamed to more closely reflect the course content. This course can count as a research or a serial writing course.

Concurrent Pre-Requisites

The following courses must be taken prior to or concurrently with this course:

  • LAW 0508 (Corporations)

Equivalent Courses

You may not register for this course if you are enrolled in or have already taken the following:

  • LAW 0926 (Transactional Skills Workshop)

Book List/Materials