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2022/2023  BA-BJURV1807U  Startup Law

English Title
Startup Law

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Pedro Telles - Department of Business Humanities and Law
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Law
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 11-02-2022

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Learning objectives
  • Developing critical thinking skills as to devise strategic solutions for some of the most common legal challenges faced by tech-based startups.
  • Understanding how the law can shape and limit how entrepreneurs develop their business ideas.
  • Understanding common legal challenges facing tech-based startups from the perspective of a founder or in-house counsel, developing a deep business knowledge with this broad context.
Startup Law:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 7 days to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The re-take can be converted to an oral exam, should the number of students allow for this.
Description of the exam procedure

Students will be assessed by a take home exercise at the end of the course composed of two parts.


The first part is a memo providing solutions for the legal and strategic issues faced by a made up client, based on the transferable knowledge learned during the semester.


The second part will be a one page legal and strategic model canvas based on the underlying scenario used throughout the semester.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This is a scenario-based course whereby students will be exposed to the various legal and adjacent strategic areas that affect a startup during is lifecycle. It covers areas most startups have to deal with such as intellectual property, data protection, tax or raising finance using a scenario based approach. It is designed from the perspective of a founder who needs to anticipate legal issues that may be relevant for its startup or team members with an in-house counsel kind of role.


It will adopt a EU perspective and will be "jurisdiction agnostic", that is without focusing on specific legal issues arising from a given country's national law, but applying those global connections to local communities where appropriate.


In addition, since tech-based startups are able to address large markets beyond the confines of national boundaries, where possible the focus will be in European and cross-border issues.


The course is designed in a way that makes class attendance extremely important including to the practicals since much of the learning will happen via the exercises done in class and the preparation for those. For students to extract maximum value from the course, it thus also requires their commitment to do work outside class be it individually or in groups.

Description of the teaching methods
The course will adopt a mixed methods approach with each weekly session blending lecture and practical elements. The practical session will have a mixture of hands on exercises done in class and work that is to be prepared in advance of the class.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be provided via the exercises that are done in the practicals in class as well as the work that is to be carried out between the sessions.
Student workload
Participation in classes 33 hours
Preparation for classes 100 hours
Exam assignment 50 hours
Expected literature

Since the course covers multiple areas, there will be no core textbook. Instead, the course will use freely available materials, both from the CBS library and from outside sources.

Last updated on 11-02-2022