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Corporate Law & Corporate Governance

Getting Started

Getting Started

This guide is meant to help you find laws and information on corporate law issues; the goal is to provide useful, but not exhaustive, resources.  If you are looking for resources to research companies and/or industries, look at this other HLS Guide

Research requires analysis and synthesis of information, and no one resource will likely provide sufficient information or data on any given topic.  Cast a broad net first, and then focus on your specific issue.

Some of the main topics involved in corporate governance include executive compensation, board composition, diversity, shareholder engagement, and sustainability.

Keeping that in mind while conducting your research, you may want to explore: 

  • Laws and regulations governing corporate law

  • Government agencies controlling corporate law

  • Practice and study aids, i.e.,  corporate law treatises

  • News sources, including blogs

  • Practical and scholarly articles

  • Data on executive compensation, shareholder agreements & more

For many of these databases, you will need your Harvard University ID and PIN.  For others, you may need to register to gain access.  If you have any trouble accessing a database, please contact the library.


Subject Guide

Tim McAllister
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Primary Sources

Corporation Statutes, Model Laws, and Regulations

Secondary Sources


Google Scholar


Practice Materials & Study Aids

Practice and Study Aids

Current Awareness


HLS Forum


Corporate Data

Securities & Commodities Data

Bloomberg Terminal

A Bloomberg Terminal, providing hard financial data, real time news, and current daily stock information, is located near the Reference Desk on the 4th Floor of Langdell Hall. Please email Tim McAllister for further assistance. (Access is limited to the Harvard Law School community.)


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