Social Enterprise Law
About This Class
This course examines wide range of legal structures that social and environmental enterprises currently use to accomplish their missions—nonprofit organizations, traditional for-profits, L3Cs, benefit corporations, cooperatives and other business forms that place missions such as "Planet" and "People" ahead of or on an equal footing with "Profit." The course contemplates the advantages and disadvantages of using these forms to accomplish these missions, how they should be adopted or modified, and whether society should devise other structures to further these missions. Over the course of the term, students will create their own project around a mission-driven enterprise of their choice, preparing a business plan as well as the documentation for the enterprise form that will structure it. Students will be evaluated on the realization of their project, their participation in the classroom and on a short objective test at the end of the term.