Cornell University Free Online Course on Structuring Business Agreements for Success

Cornell University is offering free online course on Structuring Business Agreements for Success. Students will gain greater familiarity with legal terms and concepts involved in deals, making collaboration with legal counsel more effective.

In this five-week course, applicants will learn the laws, principles and guidelines to structure successful business deals to meet the needs of contracting parties. This course will start on May 23, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Law
Institution: Cornell University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on May 23, 2017

Providers’ Details

Cornell University, a world renowned and diverse Ivy League institution, is a community of scholars known for intellectual rigor and engaged in deep and broad research, teaching tomorrow’s thought leaders to think otherwise, care for others, and create and disseminate knowledge with a public purpose.

About This Course

In this course, we have brought three Cornell Law professors and several practicing attorneys together to provide you with a select range of topics that will serve as a foundation for structuring successful contracts. Together, they possess a wealth of knowledge and experience as legal scholars and distinguished law practitioners.

Why Take This Course?

Students will begin with a brief overview of the framework within which laws and contracts are enforced.. You will then focus on various kinds of contract provisions that enable and support successful agreements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the sources of law that govern businesses and society, and consider how lawyers construct legal arguments
  • Analyze the structure of contracts and embrace basic contract principles and guidelines
  • Evaluate how contract provisions address information gaps and assign risk in an agreement
  • Prepare for effective use of representations, warranties and covenants in contracts
  • Assess the benefits and challenges associated with post-closing price adjustments, in particular indemnification and earn-outs


Charles Whitehead

Charles Whitehead is the Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law at Cornell Law School, and Director of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship Program at Cornell Tech. He specializes in business organizations, capital markets, financial institutions, financial transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

Jed Stiglitz

Jed Stiglitz is the Jia Jonathan Zhu and Ruyin Ruby Ye Sesquicentennial Fellow at Cornell Law School. He holds a law degree and a doctorate in political science.

Robert Hillman

Robert Hillman is the Edwin H. Woodruff Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where he served as Associate Dean from 1990 to 1997.



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