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Demystifying Finance: A Short Course for Law Students (Fall Course)
J.D. Course 1219 | 2 credit hours
This two-credit pass/fail course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles of finance and accounting in order to enhance their study of business law. The course is intended to provide students with little or no prior background in finance and accounting with an introduction to the core concepts, the essential vocabulary, and the basic tools of these two subject areas. The course will be taught prior to the start of the Fall 2015 semester in a one-week intensive format and will equip students with a basic primer of topics relevant to a range of business law course. Accordingly, it covers subjects such as the time value of money, the distinction between debt and equity, the role of risk in valuing financial assets, and how assets and liabilities are described in accounting materials such as balance sheets and income statements.
This course will be offered for one week, Monday, August 15 through Friday, August, 19, 2016. The class will meet Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis and will not count towards the 7 credit pass/fail limit. The 2 credits counts towards a student’s total credit load for the Fall 2016 semester. Full-time J.D. students enrolled in this course will be allowed to take up to 17 credits overall in the Fall 2016 semester (permission of an Academic Advisor is not required). Part-time J.D. students enrolled in this course will be allowed to take up to 12 credits overall in the Fall 2016 semester. The course will be quantitative in nature and students should expect to use some basic algebra.