Programmes

Introduction to Corporate Law and Governance

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL135
  • Starting 2020
  • Short course: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

UPDATE: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic we will no longer be offering this course in summer 2020. Please check our latest news on this situation here.

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.


Session: One
Dates: 22 June – 10 July 2020
Lecturer:  Professor David Kershaw


 

Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

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


*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment

Prerequisites

None

Programme structure

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. 

Teaching

LSE’s Law Department is one of the world’s best. In the UK, it was ranked first for research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in the top 5 law departments overall by The Complete University Guide in 2018. In the 2017 QS World University rankings, the Department was ranked seventh (out of 200 departments worldwide).

Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective in LSE’s Department of Law. We pioneered the study of banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession, and continue to be the leading thinkers in our field.

On this three-week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty.

Reading materials

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

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