Policy Practicum: Business, Law, and Strategy in the Startup Economy


Course Code:
LAW 805U
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


The organizing theory of this course is experiential. Under the supervision of faculty, students will engage with a real-world startup as they are exposed to the complexity of legal and business strategy. Students will gather and organize the relevant documents, observe an initial business strategy presentation by the startup to an experienced panel of faculty and practitioners and the ensuing colloquy designed to highlight the most challenging legal, regulatory, and business issues potentially facing the company. Students will then research the relevant legal and regulatory landscapes, map how different strategic choices impact the business model, and consider and develop a slate of legal and business strategies for addressing those challenges. The students will create a visually-based deliverable (context map) and give a final presentation of their work to the startup and the expert panel and engage in a strategically focused discussion of their conclusions. The class will meet Tuesdays 3-5pm with two additional mandatory sessions April 18 and May 23 from 4-6pm. Elements used in grading: Attendance, Performance, Written Assignments. NOTE: Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Consent Application Form available on the SLS website (Click Courses at the bottom of the homepage and then click Consent of Instructor Forms). See Consent Application Form for instructions and submission deadline.

Past Offerings

2016-2017 Spring

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