The MOOC Revolution: Law Schools

Law and the Entrepreneur

School:  Northwestern University

Platform: Coursera

Link: Law and the Entrepreneur

Start Date: To Be Announced

Workload: 5-7 Hours a Week

Instructor: Esther Barron and Steve Reed

Credentials: Professor Barron serves as the Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center at the Northwestern University School of Law. There, she teaches Entrepreneurship law and Venture Capital. Professor Reed is the Assistant Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center and Co-Director of Northwestern’s joint JD-MBA program. He is also the co-author of Entrepreneurship Law: Cases and Materials.

Graded: Students will receive a signed Statement of Accomplishment for successfully completing this course.

Description: This course provides entrepreneurs with the legal tools to launch a venture. It covers areas like forming an entity (LLC, corporation, etc.); choosing names and trademarks; protecting intellectual property and trade secrets; financing ventures; and complying with employment law. Each week, students will view a series of video lectures, followed by case readings, and quizzes.

Review: “If you are thinking of starting a business, this is a good subject to learn. To get the basics (and pass the class) is pretty easy. The instructors are earnest in a 1950’s kind of style (including their dress).” For additional reviews of this course, click here.

Additional Background: Student will need to purchase The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law to participate in this class.