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Who is empowered to make and execute corporate decisions? Is it stockholders who have the final say, or a board of directors? What happens during a corporate merger or hostile takeover? What legal rules are in place to ensure corporations behave ethically?

These 12 lectures answer these and other questions about a high-stakes, ever-evolving area of the American legal system. Recreating a traditional law school course in corporate law, Professor Geis guides you through the foundations of corporate law, the history of corporations, the problems that can plague corporations (including insider trading and bribery), and more.

In clear, accessible language, Law School for Everyone: Corporate Law introduces you to the inner workings of corporate law, from the fundamental structure of a typical corporation to the high-stakes drama of battles over corporate control. They also explore fascinating, landmark court cases that have shaped the way corporate lawyers think about their field, transforming "legalese" into easily understandable stories that, woven together, create a grand narrative of the evolution of corporate law from its beginnings right up to the challenges of the present day.

This lecture series is a fascinating look at how corporate law works, where it works well, and where it may still fall short of its goals.

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It's a winner

This professor does a great job of picking the important topics and good examples, and fitting this in a compact audio presentation. (I'm in my 35th year of teaching this at college level.) His presentation skills are quite good as well, though his voice goes into an odd squeaky little arch when he emphasizes things, once every couple minutes, no big deal. (Maybe this helps keep college fresh-persons awake.) He is very good with slipping in related legal background concepts whenever needed to give full comprehension of the corporate law point. The examples are picked from some timeless, landmark ones, but can be as fresh as Elon Musk's recent $420 "funding secured" twitter fiasco. The whole package comes together very well.

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Awesome content and delivery

True to the course’s title, this course is indeed for everyone. As a layman, I find the content interesting, accessible yet not without the due seriousness deserved of the subject. Of course I’m aware that the field of corporate law is much more than what a law professor could introduce in a matter of hours, but this is a good gateway to further study. The professor did a wonderful job of briefing the cases with accuracy, focus, and a lot of fun. The experience is like hearing a stranger in a bar telling fascinating stories, and this is probably what draws me into law in the first place: law is comprised of people and their interactions with one another. As a side benefit, knowing more about stuff like insider trading and M&A, I find my investment decisions much more prudent and informed than before. Integrating legal matter into my judgement helps me avoid being caught in the teeth of stock market.

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Great for Non-Lawyers

Have you ever watched a legal or corporate drama and wondered, what's going on? This course provides a useful foundation for understanding why corporations behave the way that they do. I am not a lawyer or legally trained, but I found the lectures easy to understand. The professor was animated, engaging, and gave great examples to illustrate his points.

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Great Information

whether you just enjoy loving law, wanting to open a business, or wanting to know more of how corporations work. GREAT Resource to learn from!

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Well Balanced Introduction

This is a very useful piece of literature for a non USA lawyer to have a pragmatic comparitive view on what the thinking of the lawyers and jurists are in the US. I would recommend this program.