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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

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Primary Sources

Corporation Statutes, Model Laws, and Regulations

Secondary Sources


Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search


Practice Materials & Study Aids

Practice Pages

Practice and Study Aids

Current Awareness


HLS Forum

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Corporate Data

Sources of Data

In addition to using the Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, and Lexis's Intelligize research platforms, there are a variety of other databases for corporate, and finance-related data. For more information, check out:

Also check out the information and links below.

The FactSet research platform contains a lot of data, including SharkWatch (described above). To access FactSet, you need an individual account. You can create an account by following instructions provided by the Harvard Business School's Baker LibraryNOTE: HLS affiliates should follow the instructions for web access (not the FactSet Workstation).

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