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Program description

Legal Strategy for Business

Gain an essential understanding of U.S. business law in order to effectively guide the strategic direction of your organization and mitigate risk in a complex legal landscape.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Northwestern Kellogg.

Understanding the law is a crucial skill for business leaders. However, legal regulations are becoming increasingly complex and mitigating potential risk is becoming more challenging. The Legal Strategy for Business online program from Kellogg Executive Education at Northwestern University is designed to help you guide the strategic direction of your organization within the complex U.S. legal landscape.

Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll develop the legal literacy needed to grasp the fundamental principles of U.S. business law, as well as the expertise to interpret and navigate various legal regulations. You’ll also explore topics such as employer liability and tort law, the fundamentals of contract law, and antitrust and competition law. You’ll also develop a strategic approach to intellectual property, review various legal business structures, and assess what constitutes good corporate governance.

Admission requirements

Is this program for you?

This online executive education program is aimed at professionals requiring a foundational understanding of the laws that govern business operations in the U.S. Business owners, managers, start-up founders, and entrepreneurs who don’t have a legal background will learn how laws impact their organizations.


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Program content

Program Curriculum

Examine the fundamental role the law plays in business as you work through the weekly modules of this online program.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Legal systems and the role of regulation

Module 2

Agency and employment law

Module 3

Tort law: Establishing liability for civil wrongs

Module 4

Leveraging contract law for commercial success

Module 5

Antitrust and competition law

Module 6

Developing an intellectual property strategy

Module 7

Corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and other business entities

Module 8

Corporate governance and the duties of officers and directors

Program delivery

Duration:

  • Duration: 8 weeks (excluding orientation)
  • 5–7 hours per week- Self-paced learning online

Qualification

About the certificate

Learn how to navigate the complex legal landscape when doing business in the U.S. and earn an official digital certificate of completion from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the program handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the program.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you digitally upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

What will set you apart

On completion of this program, you’ll walk away with:

  • The essential legal knowledge required to guide the strategic direction of your business, mitigate risk, and inform leadership decisions.
  • The ability to interpret and navigate the laws and regulations that make up the increasingly complex U.S. legal landscape.
  • A personalized legal strategic playbook to identify how the law can be used as a powerful business tool for developing offensive and defensive business strategies.

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