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This book makes the Business Associations or Corporations course accessible to students whether or not they already know anything about business. In a conversational tone, the original text and problems emphasize the legal issues that 99% of lawyers will encounter in their professional career. The book is organized around the life-cycle of a business. And while it includes landmark cases, the focus is on the legal issues encountered when starting a business, growing a business, and ending a business. This is the only current casebook for an introductory course in business associations that is co-authored by a business school professor. The book thus consistently and clearly provides students with the business context for understanding the legal issues explored.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 02/06/2019

David G. Epstein, University of Richmond School of Law

Richard D. Freer, Emory University School of Law

Michael J. Roberts, Harvard University Law School

George B. Shepherd, Emory University School of Law


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