Accounting for Lawyers

Accounting for Lawyers is an introduction to accounting concepts. Many business controversies are shaped by accounting thinking and business lawyers will operate in an environment where accounting is considered a universal language. The primary focus of the course will be on financial statements prepared by corporations for their shareholders under Securities Exchange Commission rules and in accord with "Generally Accepted Accounting Principles." But issues from tax accounting, international accounting standards, financial statement analysis, and required financial information disclosures are brought in, at least for comparison. The course will teach the core system of accountants, that is, debit-credit entries, balance sheets, income statements, statement of cash flows, and accrual method. The purpose is not to teach students to be professional (or semi-pro) accountants, however, but rather to give exposure to controversies shaped by financial and accounting thinking. The perspective is that of an outside investor who will use accounting information or an outside lawyer who will make accounting and financial arguments. There will also be discussion on the limitations of accounting theory and practice and on how concepts useful for one purpose can malfunction if used for another. Any student with an accounting or finance degree, or a minor in Accounting or Finance, is precluded from enrolling in this class.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Wednesday 11:50 am - 1:05 pm TNH 2.123
Exam Type Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 5/8/14 8:30 am A-Z
2.137

Additional Information

Course Type

Textbooks

  • Financial Accounting - Dyckman, Magee, Pfeiffer
      Cambridge Business Publishers , edition: 4
      ISBN: 978-1-61853-044-8   (required)
  • Solid Footing - Dan Wiegand
      Micro Solve, Inc , edition: 6
      ISBN: 978-0-9796710-8-1   (required)