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Corporate Law

LAW 204/3.0

This course introduces legal concepts that are essential to developing a business in Canada. This course will provide foundational knowledge in setting up and financing a business and will introduce legal content, analytical and practical skills relevant to a potential entrepreneur.

NOTE: A maximum of 6.0 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted towards the Program and/or Plan requirements of any degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe how the creation of business strategies and structures are influenced by law;
  2. Identify sources of potential liability (civil, regulatory and criminal) for a business;
  3. Assess the impact of laws on potential liability of a business;
  4. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of various corporate structures;
  5. Apply processes required to develop an appropriate business structure;
  6. Assess the relevance of corporate agreements to each stakeholder;
  7. Assess the appropriate strategies for financing a business;
  8. Describe foundational concepts of intellectual property relevant to a business.


Corporate Law is intended to give students an introduction to corporate law, with a primary focus on the creation, structure and animus of the corporation. The course will provide students with an understanding of business associations as well as examining sources of business regulation.  Taught on the assumption that the student has little to no knowledge of business or corporate law, Corporate Law will introduce students to the basic legal concepts associated with business and corporate structures, shareholder and partnership agreements, corporate governance and financing, and the protection of intellectual property. Similar to the approach employed by business schools which emphasize case based analysis, the course will ask students to apply the concepts learning to specific case and problem scenarios.


Summer 18: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 7 - July 27, 2018
Exam Dates: 
July 31 - August 3, 2018


Quizzes (10) (Individual)10 x 1% = 10%
Discussion Forums (3)3 x 3.33% = 10%
Business Simulations (3) (Group)20%
Case Analysis (Individual)10%
Draft Exercise (Individual)10%
Proctored Final Exam40%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly.

The final exam will be written in an online environment, with details to be provided as the exam date nears. Once the exam schedule has been finalized the date of exam will be posted on your SOLUS account. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Professor Peter Kissick (

Time Commitment

A course such as this on campus would have three lecture hours per week, usually with an assignment to follow. Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.

Fall 2018
Course Dates: 
Sept. 6 - Nov. 30, 2018
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 5 - 20, 2018


Quizzes (10) (Individual)10 x 1% = 10%
Business Simulations (3) (Group)20%
Individual Assignments30%
Proctored Final Exam40%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Professor Christian Hurley (

Time Commitment

This course represents a study period of one semester. The course material is divided into 12 weeks. While modules can vary in length from one to two weeks, learners can expect to invest on average 7-9 hours per week in this course. Learners who adhere to a pre-determined study schedule are more likely to successfully complete the course on time.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
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How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.