Business associations: Exam preparation

Business associations
Exam Preparation
Prof. Amitai Aviram
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University of Illinois College of Law
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The exam
• Take-home exam
– Exams can be picked between 9-10am on either:
Weds., Dec. 10
 Thurs., Dec. 11
 Friday, Dec. 12
 Monday, Dec. 15
• Exam is composed of a single issue-spotter question
• Time limit
– Exam responses must be e-mailed to my administrative assistant by 10am on
the day following the pick-up day (even if it’s a weekend)
• Length limit
– Exam answer should not exceed 1,000 words
– For every 10 words over the limit, rounded up, 1 point is deducted from the
raw score (so, 1,011 words results in a 2-point penalty)
• Material for the exam
– All material discussed in class, in the syllabus (cases & legislation) and in
PowerPoint slides up to and including Section 2b2 (voice solutions)
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Exam instructions
Permissible material: This is an open book exam. You may use any
materials you want, whether in hardcopy or electronic format.
Anonymity: The exams are graded anonymously. Do not put your
name or anything else that may identify you (except for your fourdigit exam ID number) on the file that contains your answer to the
Receiving and submitting the exam:
You must personally pick up a copy of the exam from Athena Newcob (Room
324) between 9-10am on one of the following days: Dec. 10, 11, 12, 15.
You must submit your response as a .doc/.docx (Microsoft Word) file e-mailed
to Athena Newcomb [[email protected]] no later than 10am on the day
after you received the exam. The file name should be your 4-digit exam ID
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Exam instructions
Once you receive this exam form, you are not allowed to discuss the exam
with anyone until after the last day of the exam period.
Students who are enrolled in this course are not allowed to solicit or receive
information about the exam if the source of this information (directly or
indirectly) is a person who has seen the exam form.
After the last day of the exam period, you are allowed to freely discuss the
Length limit: The total length of your answer may not exceed 1,000
words. For every 10 words in excess of the length limit (rounded
up), one point will be taken off the exam’s raw score.
Answering the exam: Cite relevant case and statutory authority.
Within the constraints of the length limit, answer all relevant issues
that arise from the fact pattern, even if your conclusion on one of
the issues is dispositive to other issues.
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Exam instructions
Assumptions: Unless the exam question specifies otherwise,
assume that –
The relevant jurisdiction applies the Restatement (Third) on Agency, Delaware
corporate law, RUPA, and U.S. securities law.
Each corporation’s charter states that: the corporation is a stock corporation;
it has limited liability & perpetual existence; the corporation may conduct any
lawful act or activity; the BoD may amend the bylaws; director fiduciary duties
are limited to the maximum degree allowed under DGCL §102(b)(7).
Each corporation’s bylaws state that: the chairperson of the BoD is authorized
to call a BoD meeting; and the BoD is authorized to call both annual & special
shareholder meetings.
“Fact” patterns are fiction: The “facts” presented in this exam were
constructed for an educational purpose, and are not intended to
inform about any real person or event.
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The exam
Non-standard pick-up times
• The only pick-up time you are entitled to is 9-10am, but you may
request from my assistant (Athena Newcomb, [email protected]) a
different pick up time (on one of the four exam days), subject to the
following rules:
a) The pick up time may not be before 9am;
b) Regardless of the pick-up time, the exam answer is due by 10am the following
day (even though this means you have less than 24 hours to do the exam);
c) The student must physically pick up the exam from Room 324 (exams cannot
be e-mailed to students, nor can they be picked up by anyone other than the
student taking the exam);
d) Athena is under no obligation to accommodate a student request - she might
agree to a request if it does not impose a great burden on her and if it does
not conflict with other responsibilities she has, but she may refuse to
accommodate a pick-up time (other than 9-10am) for any reason.
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Tips for the exam
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Tips for the exam
What does the exam test?
Identifying legal issues & the relevant law for analyzing these issues
Applying the law to the relevant facts
Making succinct analytical arguments (economize on words)
Use outline form (see model answers of past exams)
Discuss only issues relevant to the question
Reference relevant case law / legislation
Reference your earlier analysis (but make sure you are referencing a narrowly
defined text); e.g.:
Abbreviations used in my slides [e.g., BoD, CoI, SH, 3K (=3,000), 2M (=2,000,000),
5B (=5,000,000,000)]
Abbreviations used in exam fact pattern
Labeling: Label frequently used, multi-word names/terms
“3. BJR
(a) CoI: A majority of the BoD does not have CoI (see 2.a.3).
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Tips for the exam
Preparing for the exam
• Prepare an outline (or checklist) that facilitates your ability to –
– Notice the legal issues that come up
– Notice legal issues that often come up when another issue is raised (e.g., is it a
partnership <-> is it an agency relationship?)
– Find the relevant law
• Do practice exams & compare your answer to model answer
– Practices your issue-spotting skills
• Footnotes in the model answers are comments on common mistakes; they are not part
of the expected exam answer
– Tests & improves your outline’s ability to alert you to issues
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Exam prep
Case study: Snap decision
• A few minor changes to the case in the reading packet:
– Only one SH (call her Sarah) sues, asking to enjoin the donation
– Stilcy’s annual revenue is $2B and its annual profit is $500M
– Hanna (Stilcy’s CEO) came up with the idea of funding a professorship of
corporate responsibility at Chicago, and was told by the university that there’s a
standard donation size for this, of $5M. Other options were funding a “faculty
scholar” position for $1M, or a “Chair” for $15M.
• First, “issue spot” by creating an outline of what issues you will need
to analyze
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Exam prep
Case study: Snap decision
• Authority
– Substantive authority (to donate a university professorship)
– Procedural authority
• Fiduciary duty
– Negligence
– Corporate waste
– Conflict of interest
[Analyze these based on our framework: Duty/SoR/Application]
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Exam prep
Practice exam: Etti-cat
• First, “issue spot” by creating an outline of what issues you will need
to analyze
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Exam prep
Practice exam: Etti-cat
• Russ’ & Frank’s suits
Is the agreement between Maya & Frank a partnership?
If a partnership – Frank’s suit
If a partnership – Russ’ suit
If not a partnership, is it an agency relationship?
If agency – Frank’s suit
If agency – Russ’ suit
• Shelly’s suit
– Duty / SoR (flaw: self-dealing - unauthorized benefit)
– Application (entire fairness)
– Approval
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