Concurrent Courses and Professors
Several courses offered by concurrent professors outside the law school may be of interest to you for fall semester. These constitute graduate-level courses outside the law school, and are governed by the credit-hour and number of courses limitations of Hoynes Code section 126.96.36.199. Law students who want to take these courses should see the administrative assistant of the department of the course who will enter permission codes that will free you to register. The grades will count toward your grade point average on your transcript but will NOT count for dean’s honor roll and graduation honors. Additionally, note that a paper produced for outside courses may not be used to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.
2012 Concurrent Offerings
Professor Matthew Cain – Corporate Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions
FIN 70400 T TH from 1-2:50 or T TH 3-4:50 2 credits
This is an MBA course during the 2nd module, which runs for seven weeks from late October through December. This is a high-level finance elective which requires students to produce pro forma financial statement forecasts, conduct discounted cash flow analysis to value merger targets, and perform a leveraged buyout analysis in a private equity setting (LBO model). As such, MBA students must take two core finance classes as a prerequisite, but this can be waived if you have a business undergrad degree.
This course’s objective is to facilitate understanding of corporate merger and acquisition activity, restructurings and corporate governance. We look at the motives for transactions, the sources of value added, the valuation of mergers, and managerial incentives to engage in or resist these activities. While shareholders ultimately measure M&A success with returns, many other stakeholders are involved in mergers, and the class examines the ethical imperatives (which are not always legal imperatives) to consider how M&A activity impacts employees and communities. Through lectures and discussions, we look at case studies and news articles to illustrate how financial theory can be applied in actual business settings. In one case discussion, we evaluate the course of action taken by a CEO who encourages his board of directors to breach their fiduciary duty to shareholders by resisting an attractive buyout offer in favor of lower-valued objectives. We also look at differences across state laws that either encourage or ban directors from considering a merger’s social impact.
Professor Jean Porter – Theories of Justice
THEO 83649 W from 1-3:30 3 credits
Since the publication of John Rawls’ Theory of Justice almost half a century ago, philosophical work on justice has enjoyed something of a renaissance among Anglophone philosophers. Theologians have drawn on and contributed to ongoing debates over justice, but much of this material remains relatively unknown in theological circles. In this seminar, we will read through key contributions to contemporary debates over justice, focusing especially on philosophical works while considering them from our distinctive standpoint as theological ethicists. Authors to be read will include Rawls, Walzer, Raz, Sen, and Shklar. Course requirements will include one or two seminar presentations and a final paper.
Professor Michael Zuckert - The Constitutional Convention
POLS 61001 T Th 3:30-4:45 3 credits
The Constitutional Convention: This course will focus on the American constitutional convention of 1787 with an eye to understanding the constitution proposed by the convention and the political process that produced it. The main reading will be James Madison’s notes on the convention debates. We will also experiment with a new simulation role playing game of the convention, and read some of the important secondary literature on the convention.