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Corporate Law Professors as Gatekeepers

10 Pages Posted: 11 May 2009  

Lyman Johnson

Washington and Lee University - School of Law; University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law


This paper is a written version of brief remarks prepared for a conference on “Restoring Trust in the Private Sector” held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in March, 2009. The key point is that corporate law professors are “gatekeepers” into a corporate law practice. Highlighting just a couple of facets of this role, the paper argues that we who teach corporate law must make sure we are doing all we can to instill right thinking and right conduct in those who eventually will counsel key decision-makers in the corporate setting. We should probe a broad range of issues with our students, including societal expectations of business.

Keywords: corporate law, corporate law professors, legal education, business and society

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Lyman, Corporate Law Professors as Gatekeepers. University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Vol. 6, 2009; U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-12; Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2009-05. Available at SSRN:

Lyman P. Q. Johnson (Contact Author)

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University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law

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