Course Details

Social Entrepreneurship
0.5 CR
Yes (may vary by section)
This course combines both theory and practice with an end goal of equipping lawyers and business-minded managers to create a positive social impact. The course covers the key fundamentals of the social enterprise movement as well as substantive cutting-edge legal doctrine relevant to the sector. Using the "case study method" typically used in MBA classes, students will examine the challenges of starting, counseling, serving, assessing and funding social ventures through the eyes of the entrepreneur, investor, attorney, board member and community leader. The course provides an overview of the emergence and definition of social entrepreneurship and will explore the intricacies of establishing mission/vision/values, legal structures for both profit and for non-profit social ventures, managing and sustaining growth and board governance. This basic knowledge set will inform any student who seeks to advise, launch, and/or serving on the board of a social enterprise. By engaging with these case studies, students also learn the basics of leadership and management decision-making.