Many Duke Law graduates go on to careers in the financial services industry, whether it be a law firm, financial institution, or regulatory agency. During their careers, these lawyers will encounter myriad financial products with varying degrees of complexity. Although a practicing financial services lawyer is not expected to be an expert in every single traded product, those lawyers who demonstrate an understanding of the mechanics, pricing, and risk of various financial products will be in a better position to succeed and advance their career than many of their peers.

This two day bootcamp is sponsored by the Global Financial Markets Center and will provide students with an overview of fixed income and equity markets. Specific topics to be covered include:

-Bond pricing
-Relationship between bond price and yield
-Yield curves and credit spreads
-Equity valuation methodologies
-Financial statement analysis
-The role of short sellers, hedge funds, and private equity firms

Students will not be expected to have any previous experience in these areas, although those students who have taken one or more of Duke Law’s finance/banking courses may get more out of the bootcamp.

The bootcamp will be led by Dr. Emma Rasiel. Dr. Rasiel completed her PhD in finance at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, in 2003. She also received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, and bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Oxford University. Before beginning her PhD program at Fuqua, Dr Rasiel was an Executive Director in the London office of Goldman Sachs, a leading investment bank, where she traded bond options.

Dr. Rasiel is the Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE), which arranges extra-curricular financial education activities for students interested in finance careers, in conjunction with Duke's Career Center and several corporate sponsors. She is the Faculty Director for the Duke in New York: Financial Markets and Institutions, and the Duke in London: Finance programs. She is also the Director of Admissions for the MA program in Economics.

Dates and Time:
The course will be taught over three consecutive Fridays.  Sessions will be held from 1pm to 3:30pm on January 26th, February 2nd, and February 9th.

Location: Room 4042 Duke Law School


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