Berkeley Law Finance Academy

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Berkeley Law Finance Academy is a three-day certificate academy focused on the nuts and bolts of financial information analysis and corporate valuation for practicing attorneys.


(Applications closed on October 18, 2018)

A solid understanding of financial analysis and corporate valuation is key to the success of a corporate lawyer, whether as an in-house attorney advising on corporate matters or a corporate litigator defending a pivotal case. The Berkeley Law Finance Academy is designed to provide a framework for financial statement analysis and corporate valuation with the objective to enhance the ability of corporate lawyers to provide top-notch legal advice.

The Berkeley Law Finance Academy was developed by UC Berkeley faculty member Steven Davidoff Solomon and is taught by Professor Davidoff Solomon along with other leading UC Berkeley instructors, including faculty members Ken Ayotte and Robert Bartlett.

Steven Davidoff Solomon, the N.Y. Times “Deal Professor”, is one of the nation’s most well-known authorities on corporate law. His research focuses on the intersection of law and finance.



(Applications closed on October 18, 2018)


Program Details


The three-day program will be held from Friday, October 26, 2018 through Sunday, October 28, 2018 on the UC Berkeley campus.

Who should apply

Practicing attorneys and corporate lawyers with a need for a deeper understanding of finance and accounting. The program is well-suited for those with limited background in finance and accounting, but also serves as a great refresher. This course has been approved for a minimum of 16.75 hours of MCLE credit.


The program fee is $6,000 per person ($5,000 for UC Berkeley alumni) and covers all tuition, course materials, and meals during the event. Travel and accommodation are not included. Program fee also includes access to UC Berkeley Fundamentals of Banking Law  (October 29-31, 2018) and FinTech Legal (October 31, 2018) workshops. Government, nonprofit, and university employees may request a reduced rate.


We accept qualified candidates on a rolling basis and space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early.

Key Learning Objectives

The Berkeley Law Finance Academy aims to (1) introduce a practical framework for financial information analysis, (2) provide an understanding of the key drivers of corporate value creation, (3) teach key valuation models and techniques (e.g., discounted cash flow model), (4) provide tools for analyzing and interpreting corporate financial statements, and (5) explore how financial information analysis and corporate valuation can be applied in a variety of corporate settings and throughout the legal practice.

What to Expect

Over three days, academy faculty will introduce and apply key concepts from finance and accounting through a combination of interactive lectures, exercises, case studies, and other real-world applications.


Day 1: Introduction to Corporate Valuation and Financial Information Analysis

The first day introduces participants to the basics of corporate valuation and provides a framework for conducting financial analyses.


  • Demystifying Corporate Value Creation
  • Financial Information Analysis Framework
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Growth Analysis


Day 2: Finance in Practice

The second day exposes participants to analysis models that will be able to incorporate into their own practices.


  • Public Comparable Analysis
  • Discounted Cash Flow Analysis (Part One)
  • Discounted Cash Flow Analysis (Part Two)
  • Exercise: Valuation in Fairness Opinions


Day 3: Capstone Projects

The final day takes all the knowledge and intuition developed thus far to hone a sharp analytical framework for financial information and corporate valuations in practice. Participants will explore private company valuations and then work in groups to develop capstone projects on financial analysis and valuation.


  • Private Company and Venture Capital Valuation
  • Capstone Project: Financial Analysis
  • Capstone Project: Valuation
  • Certificate Ceremony



(Applications will close on October 18, 2018)