Michael C. Dorf is the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where he teaches courses in constitutional law and related subjects. He has authored or co-authored six books and over 100 scholarly articles and essays for law reviews, books, and peer-reviewed science and social science journals. Professor Dorf received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. After law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. Professor Dorf occasionally consults with leading law firms on complex litigation and maintains an active pro bono practice chiefly consisting of writing briefs in Supreme Court cases. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2008, Professor Dorf taught at Rutgers-Camden Law School for three years and at Columbia Law School for 13 years. His essays for general audiences appear regularly on “Verdict,” “Take Care,” “SCOTUSblog,” and his blog, “Dorf on Law.”
In order to successfully navigate legal issues that arise in your business, you need to familiarize yourself with the way a lawyer would perceive the challenges you might face. This course will introduce you to basic legal language and concepts that will allow you to approach your business conflicts with a legal mind. You will analyze case studies and participate in discussions where you will practice using legal thinking. You will complete a course project where you will have an opportunity to navigate legal ambiguity, find the best way to communicate with legal counsel, and assess the costs and benefits of pursuing a legal option.
Key Course Takeaways
- Navigate legal ambiguity
- Communicate effectively when interacting with legal professionals
- Navigate and make sense of legal materials
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3-5 hours per week
100% online, instructor-led
Michael C. Dorf
Professor of Law
Cornell Law School
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- Business leaders looking to better understand legal issues
- Founders and entrepreneurs
- Anyone looking to work effectively with legal professionals
- Professionals in highly regulated industries
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