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LL135: Introduction to Corporate Law and Governance


Course Content

This course provides students with an introduction to corporate law and to the legal and non-legal governance mechanisms which encourage directors to act in their company's interests rather than their own. 

The course sets corporate law and governance within its economic and business context, with particular regard to how corporate law and governance mechanisms facilitate or inhibit economic activity. The course adopts an explicitly comparative approach drawing on UK, US and continental European law.

The course will be divided into two parts, and each will include some of the topics shown below:

The Fundamentals of Corporate Law

  •  Separate legal personality
  •  Limited liability
  •  The regulation of share issues and share capital.
  • Through the lens of corporate law the course also aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore the common law method and approaches to statutory interpretation.

Corporate Governance 

  •  Regulation of the appointment and removal of directors
  •  Directors' duties
  •  The composition of the board
  •  Enforcement of shareholders' rights
  •  The operation of the market for corporate control.

Course Outcomes

The question that the course will regularly pose is how do corporate law and governance mechanisms facilitate economic activity and how do they respond to the problems generated by the organizational form of the company? The course’s objective is to understand the different ways in which law can respond to these economic demands and problems. 

World-class LSE teaching

LSE Law has excelled once again in the UK’s nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment. The Research Excellence Framework results published in December 2014 show that LSE Law is the UK’s number one law school for legal research.

The 2015 QS World University faculty rankings for Law also place the LSE in the world’s top ten for the subject, making it London’s best Law School.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty. LL135 course lecturer, Professor David Kershaw teaches on a number of our undergraduate and graduate law modules, including Law of Business Associations, UK Corporate Law, and Takeover Regulation in the UK and US.



D. Kershaw, Company Law in Context, OUP, (2012)

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice



Session: Two

Dates: 10 - 28 July 2017

Lecturer:  Professor David Kershaw

Level: 100 level

Fees: Click here for information

Prerequisites: None

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: Written work and one written examination

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US)
7.5 ECTS points (EU)

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