US Corporate Law Program

A unique three-week course that is specifically designed for legal professionals from around the world who want to increase their understanding of US Corporate Law and improve their Legal English skills.

Why Delaware?

The State of Delaware is known worldwide for the widely respected decisions of its courts in the field of corporate law. Located in the City of Newark, the University of Delaware English Language Institute (ELI) is in an ideal position to take advantage of the corporate and commercial legal activities that take place in Delaware.

Many types of companies were incorporated in Delaware, including:

  • Fortune 500 companies
  • Most of the companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Many of the nation’s largest banks
  • Thousands of foreign companies

As a result, Delaware is routinely the site of important corporate litigation.

Professional Visitations and Meetings

Participants visit several

  • state and federal courts
  • law firms
  • company legal departments
  • government agencies in Delaware, New York, and Washington DC

Participants will also meet with judges and their staff. These visitations provide a first-hand look at the important locations where law “happens” in the US, and offer additional opportunities to meet colleagues and make contacts that can benefit both parties for years to come.

Seminars take place on campus and at various host law firms and courts. The seminars employ a case study method and are presented by faculty attorneys and by outstanding members of the legal community. These activities allow participants to “meet the experts,” and provide the opportunity to focus on specific areas of corporate law and practice time for discussion.


  • Introduction to corporations
  • Traditional business organizations and agency principles
  • Incorporation
  • Capitalization
  • Organizing the corporation
  • Corporate authority: function and authority of shareholders, directors, and officers
  • Distributing corporate control: charter provisions, voting, removal of directors, etc.
  • Piercing the corporate veil
  • Dividends and distribution
  • Duty of care
  • Duty of loyalty
  • Duty of controlling shareholders
  • Change in control: corporate combinations and tender offers defenses
  • Shareholder derivative litigation and other resolutions
  • Indemnification and insurance
  • Impact of security laws on corporations
  • Insider trading and other securities fraud
  • Alternative forms of corporations

Additional Information

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