Business Law for Leaders

Kellogg School of Management

Kellogg School of Management


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Who should attend

  • Owners, managers, and anyone who requires a fundamental understanding of U.S. business law
  • Executives looking for beneficial insight into the laws that will impact their business
  • Professionals looking to grow in your current role, take on more responsibility, or improve your legal literacy

About the course

Effective leaders need to be able to make informed, strategic decisions that meet organizational objectives and implement the appropriate preventative measures to mitigate risk. An essential understanding of the legal landscape will help you recognize high-risk corporate behavior, while providing certainty and stability, and serving as a mechanism to resolve disputes.

The Business Law for Leaders online program from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is intended for professionals who want to understand the essentials of business law in order to become more effective, well-rounded leaders. A background in law is not required or expected.

Whether your organization is based in, or does business with, the United States, you’ll develop the legal literacy required to operate within its complex regulatory landscape. This executive education program will provide you with a foundational knowledge of United States business laws and regulations, as well as the expertise required to interpret and navigate them. You’ll also develop a personalized strategic plan to help you identify how the law can be used as a powerful business tool

Key Benefits

Understand Business Law Gain essential legal knowledge to guide your business’s strategic direction, mitigate risk and make better-informed leadership decisions.

Enhance Your Skill Set Learn how to interpret the many laws and regulations that make up the complex U.S. legal landscape.

Develop a Strategic Approach Create a personalized legal strategy playbook to identify how the law might be used as a powerful business tool for developing offensive and defensive business strategies.

Program Content

Module 1 - Legal Systems and the Role of Regulation

Explore the application of U.S. laws both locally and globally, the role of the various courts and an overview of dispute resolution.

Module 2 - Agency and Employment Law

Discover the circumstances under which a business is legally liable for the wrongful acts of its employees.

Module 3 - Tort Law: Establishing Liability for Civil Wrongs

Examine the basic requirements for a claim under tort law and the potential defenses to it.

Module 4 - Leveraging Contract Law for Commercial Success

Investigate the fundamentals of commercial contracts and key business considerations.

Module 5 - Antitrust and Competition Law

Examine the nuances of antitrust law and global competition law.

Module 6 - Developing an Intellectual Property Strategy

Discover the business value of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Module 7 - Corporations, LLCs, Partnerships and Other Business Entities

Review various business structures and the circumstances in which the protection they offer might be lost.

Module 8 - Corporate Governance and the Duties of Officers and Directors

Explore the fundamentals of good corporate governance and the fiduciary duties of directors and officers..


Mark McCareins

R. Mark McCareins is a Clinical Professor of Business Law in the Strategy Department  where he teaches courses on Antitrust and Business Law. Mark is also Co-Director of the JD/MBA program at Kellogg. Mark received a student Impact Award for his teaching of Business Law in the fall quarter of 201...

Business Law for Leaders at Kellogg School of Management

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