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2024/2025  KAN-CJURV7075U  Law and Management

English Title
Law and Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 75
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Andrej Savin - Department of Business Humanities and Law (BHL)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • Innovation
  • Management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 09-02-2024

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Learning objectives
Upon completing the course, students should be able to
  • understand the interplay between law and management
  • use law proactively in management situations
  • learn to use law and legal tools to increase total value created and the share of that value captured by the firm
  • understand the relationship between law and business
  • use knowledge of law to avoid difficult dispute situations
  • learn the role of legal advice in a corporation
Course prerequisites
No prerequisites. No prior knowledge of law is required. The course concentrates on strategy and management of legal issues, not on the factual knowledge of law itself.
Law and Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Release of assignment The Assignment is released in Digital Exam (DE) at exam start
Duration 24 hours 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
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The main aim of the course is to provide training in managing the legal dimension of business. A typical setup in a modern corporation involves legal counsel at various stages – drafting and performing contracts, litigating, enforcing IP rights, etc. Modern businesses, however, require an understanding and knowledge of the interplay between law, business and society which is not independent of the role the attorneys play (NN #1).  The course is based on an assumption that the quality of legal astuteness is a key managerial skill. 


Modern firms face ethical dillemas that are often tightly connected to legal problems (e.g. whitewashing, polution, product liability scandals, problematic platform business models. The course teaches students how to avoid these and overcome them (NN #3 and #5).
The understanding of legal problems is crucial for modern managers as it is no longer possible only to include law at the dispute stage, i.e. to treat law as a pathological element. Therefore, the course attempts to present legal topics for their managerial importance and value rather than to teach black-letter law and/or litigations skills only.


The course teaches the candidates to:


a) recognize the legal problems,

b) put them into the right context

c) develop strategies to avoid problems and incorporate law strategically into the value chain

The topics included are:

  1. Law, Value Creation and Risk Management; Ethics and the Law
  2. Sources of Law, Courts and Dispute Resolution
  3. Contracts, Sales, Licensing and E-Commerce
  4. Torts
  5. Intellectual Property
  6. Trade Secrets and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  7. Marshalling Human Resources


PLEASE NOTE: since this class is case-based, it requires active in-class participation and preparation. The use of Powerpoints is reduced.

Description of the teaching methods
The class is largely case-based. Cases are pre-assigned for each class and then discussed. Previous preparation is required. Traditional lectures with power points will not be provided although slides are occasionally used.
Feedback during the teaching period
a) Question time in exercise classes.
b) Exam preparation in last class.
c) Open hours.
d) Continuous feedback: exercises are provided in advance for EACH class. It is expected that students prepare for these (including the required cases they are based on), in order to be able to discuss this in the relevant class. The tasks are given in advance for each class.
e) Students are encouraged to do past papers and can use office hours for getting feedback.
f) Exam preparation session is given at the end. Feedback will also be given on any written work submitted in preparation for the case-based classes (each of which are also noted in the syllabus).
Student workload
Lectures 100 hours
Case-studies 80 hours
Exams 30 hours
Expected literature

Constance E. Bagley: Managers and the Legal Environment - Strategies for the 21st Century (custom edition, Southwestern CENGAGE 2020) 

Special CBS edition of the e-book available at http:/​/​www.cengagebrain.co.uk/​shop/​isbn/​9781473753402

4 case studies to be posted on CBS Learn

Last updated on 09-02-2024