203.01 Business Strategy for Lawyers

This course presents the fundamentals of business strategy to a legal audience. The class sessions include traditional lectures and business-school case discussions. The lecture topics and analytical frameworks are drawn from MBA curriculums at leading business schools. The cases are selected for both their business strategy content and their legal interest.

The course is designed to introduce a wide variety of modern strategy frameworks and methodologies, including methods for assessing the strength of competition, for understanding
relative bargaining power, for anticipating competitors' actions, for analyzing cost and value structures and their relevance to competition, and for assessing potential changes in the scope of the firm (diversification and vertical integration). Basic mastery of these tools has relevance to everyone seeking a career in business or those advising business managers or executives.

Students taking this course should have completed a course (or its equivalent) in introduction to microeconomics as an undergraduate and be comfortable with use of graphs.

Students enrolled in Business Strategy must (a)have previously taken or be concurrently enrolled in Analytical Methods OR (b) have taken an undergraduate course in economics. Students that currently hold an MBA or enrolled in the JD-MBA program may not take this course. THIS IS A FAST TRACK COURSE.

Special Notes:

NOTES: This class will meet August 30th through October 27th.  The exam will be a take-home during the week of October 31st through November 4th.

Fall 2016

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Take-home examination
Group project(s)
Class participation
John M. de Figueiredo
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.203.01.F16
Email list: LAW.203.01.F16@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - JD-LLM-LE
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Areas of Practice