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Corporate Law Research Guide

This guide is for students conducting introductory research in the law of corporations, agency, partnerships, and other business organizations.


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News & Current Awareness

Note that while some Bloomberg Law (formerly BNA) corporate law titles are listed here, this is not an exhaustive list of BNA's relevant materials.

  • Corporate Governance
    A publication that reports on and analyzes activities in the courts, Congress and state legislatures, state and federal regulatory agencies, and the private sector relating to corporate and business law.
  • Governance Reference Library
    The Governance Library includes materials for compliance, various constituencies (such as boards, shareholders, and officers), and materials to address the various forms of business.
  • Corporate Practice Center
    Contains sections devoted to legal analysis, news, practical guidance, chart builders, and more.
  • Corporate Practice Series (1978 - ) KF1397 .C654
    "Features in-depth analysis and practical guidance from expert legal practitioners in over 60 portfolios, plus the latest news in the Corporate Counsel Weekly." Note that Corporate Counsel Weekly was discontinued in 2018 and replaced by Corporate Law News.
  • Delaware Corporation Law UpdateAttorney's Edition (1996 - ) (No print version available)
    Detailed analyses of all important decisions,published and unpublished,from the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Delaware Superior Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware that involve corporate governance issues.

Study Aids

  • Agency, Partnership, and the LLC in a Nutshell (2008) KF1375.Z9 H95
    A basic overview of the major topics associated with agency and partnership law is provided in this nutshell. It touches on the agency relationship, internal versus external matters and the law of unincorporated business enterprises. The Appendices include the Uniform Partnership Acts of 1914 and 1997, as well as the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.
  • Business Associations in a Nutshell (2nd ed., 2006) KF1384.Z9 S52
    This nutshell is written for students taking an introductory corporate law course (business associations, business organizations, etc.). Chapters focus on the formation, governance, dissolution, and financing of corporations, as well as other topics. Includes an index and a table of cases.
  • Corporations : Examples and Explanations (5th ed., 2006 - ), KF1414.3 .S658
    This study guide covers all aspects of corporations from formation to shareholder voting rights to liquidity rights to fundamental corporate changes. This guide is written for the law student.
  • The Law of Corporations in a Nutshell (5th ed., 2000), KF1414.3 .H35
    This is one of the lengthiest nutshells in print, indicating how complicated the law of corporations can be. Written as a study guide, this treatise touches on modern business forms, preincorporation transactions, shares and shareholders, and closely held, as well as publicly held corporations. An extensive glossary is included.
  • Understanding Corporate Law (1999) KF1414 .P56
    Part of the Matthew Bender "Understanding" series, this title covers the basic material taught in standard courses in corporations and business associations. In fourteen chapters, the authors cover broad subject areas such as corporate formation, fiduciary duty, piercing the corporate veil, and mergers and acquisitions. Includes an index and tables of statutes and cases.