Accounting: Understanding and Analyzing Financial Statements

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 21/64
Credits: 2
Days Time Room Start Date End Date






0830-0950 SL258

Course Description

The principal goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the concepts of financial accounting and published financial statements. Attorneys need a basic understanding of financial statements in order to work with corporate clients and certified public accountants. This knowledge is particularly important if the practice involves investment banking, initial public offerings, and the issuance of securities. Course content will include the conceptual framework of accounting, specialized accounting terminology, generally accepted accounting standards, and the distinction between financial accounting and income tax accounting. The roles of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and the Internal Revenue Service will be delineated. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to understand how components of financial statements such as inventories, plant and equipment, bonds, leases, sales revenues, cost of goods sold expense, and depreciation expense are measured and reported. In addition, the student should be able to analyze financial statements to derive more information about a corporation. The course is designed to provide a financial accounting knowledge base to students with no previous course work or practical training in accounting. To help students quickly become competent in understanding and using financial information, the course content is relatively extensive and rigorous.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): Flex

Description: Flex exam will be available for checkout in paper format from SRO and required to be taken during business hours (8:30am-5:00p) at the law school from October 9-20. That means students must take the exam on a weekday during a window of time which allows them to be done with the EXPO upload process by 5:00pm. Students must return the exam paper copy to SRO immediately after completion (and sliding it under the door is fine if the office is closed).

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: Students will be enrolled in Corp. Finance concurrently with this course. Students wishing to take Accounting without Corporate Finance (or vice versa) must submit a written waiver from the professor to SRO.

Exclusive With: Students who have completed more than one university level accounting courses or have practical training in accounting are not eligible to enroll in this course unless they obtain instructor permission.

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Course Notes: This course is the first half of the semester-long two-course sequence of Accounting and Corporate Finance. Students who enroll in this course will automatically be enrolled in the fall section of Corporate Finance (2 credits) as well. Students who have completed MORE THAN ONE university level accounting courses or have practical training in accounting are not eligible to enroll in this course unless they obtain instructor permission. Similarly, students who have completed MORE THAN ONE university level corporate finance courses or have practical training in corporate finance are NOT eligible to enroll in the corporate finance course unless they obtain instructor permission. Once enrolled, students who are not eligible to enroll in either accounting or corporate finance must drop the ineligible course. To do so, e-mail the Student Records Office (@email) at any time prior to the end of the add/drop period and ask to be dropped from the ineligible course.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 123819724

Modified Type: Lecture

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: Business Organization and Finance , Tax Law

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, September 28, 08:01 PM

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, October 08, 11:59 PM

Information reflected on this page was last refreshed at: Tuesday, October 03, 2023 - 6:13 AM *

*During open enrollment periods, live enrollment data may be found in SIS.