US Corporate Law

14 February 2014

US Corporate Law - 20, 21 & 27, 28 February 2014
US Corporate Law - 20, 21 & 27, 28 February 2014

This early intensive unit, commencing 20 February, delivers an understanding of the structure and operation of US corporate law and corporate governance.

Taught by Professor Jennifer Hill, US Corporate Law examines the common law, statutory provisions; and to explore the tension between state and federal law, including recent regulatory developments under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act 2010.

Topics covered include:

  • the "race to the bottom" vs "race to the top" hypotheses
  • the US approach to veil-piercing; the governance role of shareholders under US law; directors' duties, including the duty of care and the duty of loyalt
  • the operation of the business judgment rule
  • derivative litigation
  • the law relating to closely held corporations
  • judicial review of tender offer defences.


Semester 1 Intensive
20, 21 & 27, 28 February 2014
Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue
University of Sydney NSW 2006


  • Class Participation (10%)
  • 1 x Quiz (20%)
  • 1 x Essay or Exam (70%)

US Corporate Law is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Legal practitioners can count this unit of study towards Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

Candidates can elect to complete the assessment, claim the MCLE or CPD points and then count the unit towards a degree at a later stage.

Alternatively, candidates can elect not to complete the assessment but still claim the MCLE or CPD points.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

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