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Coursera – Law and the Entrepreneur


Published on: December 9, 2020
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This course will highlight the critical legal and business issues entrepreneurs face as they build and launch a new venture. We will explore real world scenarios, and address the legal and business issues that entrepreneurs face, from the momet they conceive of the ?million dollar idea? to all of the important junctures along the path to success.

Are you a passionate entrepreneur with a new business idea, but feeling intimidated by the law? Or perhaps you are a lawyer or aspiring lawyer looking to break into the exciting world of start-ups? This course addresses the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, and is appropriate both for entrepreneurs and lawyers who hope to represent entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs face many challenges as they pursue a new business idea. With the right legal tools, they can take steps that provide significant legal protections and avoid future liability. Among other subjects, the course will cover American law on choice of entity (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship), selection of a company name and trademark, protecting intellectual property of the business with patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright law, structuring agreements among owners, venture capital and other equity and debt financing arrangements, and the relationship between attorneys and entrepreneurs. In addition to discussing applicable legal rules, the course will focus on practical steps entrepreneurs and their lawyers can take to build and protect a new venture. The goal of the course will be for students to have a better understanding of practical ways they can protect a new venture and spot potential issues from a business-legal perspective.

Course Syllabus

Week One

Introduction to Entrepreneurship Law
The Personality of the Entrepreneur
Leaving an Employer to Start a Business

Week Two

Choosing and Forming an Entity
Agreements Among Owners

Week Three

Intellectual Property: trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret, and nondisclosure agreements

Week Four

Financing a New Venture

Week Five

Hiring Workers and Employment Law

Week Six

Conducting Business Online
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