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LAW 440 Business Associations

LAW 440  Business Associations  Units: 4.00  

This introductory survey course explores the law of business associations primarily from a doctrinal perspective but with some elementary discussion of theoretical scholarship, as well.  The topics to be canvassed in the course will include a brief history of the business corporation, theories of the firm, the foundational characteristics of the modern Canadian business corporation, disregard of the corporate entity, the capitalization of corporations, corporate governance, shareholder "voice" and directors' and officers' duties, and shareholders' (and others') remedies.  During the initial portion of the course, students will examine alternatives to the corporate form of business association including sole proprietorships, (general) partnerships, limited partnerships, and unlimited companies.  The principle goal of the course is to help students develop a basic framework within which to understand and analyze legal issues as they are encountered by lawyers, regulators, and policy makers.  In addition, the course should provide the necessary groundwork for more specialized study in corporate finance, securities regulation, mergers & acquisitions, and so on.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Law  

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The graduate law program at Queen’s University offers to students from Canada and from countries around the world an intellectually rich and challenging environment for legal learning and scholarship.  Queen’s offers two graduate degrees in law:

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LL.M. and Ph.D. students must enroll in  LAW 880  Legal Research Methods and Perspectives  and  LAW 881  Graduate Adv. Legal Research  in their first year of studies.  

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The Juris Doctor (JD) is a second-entry professional degree in common law. It is normally completed in three academic years of full-time study1. It is the basis of admission for registration into the licensing process to practice law for each province of Canada, except Quebec, which practices civil law. Through partnership with the Faculty of Law at the University of Sherbrooke, it is possible for Queen’s students to obtain a civil law degree in a single academic year, following graduation with the JD at Queen’s University.

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