Seth Oranburg

Seth Oranburg

Associate Professor
Office: UNHL JD Instruction, 2 White Street (UNHL), Concord, NH 03301

Professor Oranburg teaches Contracts Law, Business Associations, and Corporate Finance at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. He previously taught Contracts, BA, and Venture Capital Law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, then became the Director for the JD/MBA Joint Degree Program and Director of the Business Essentials for Lawyers Micro-Credential Badge.

Professor Oranburg now co-directs the Program on Business, Organization, and Markets at the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU School of Law. In this capacity, Oranburg produces two academic symposium each year, published in journals such as Business Lawyer, the Iowa Journal of Corporation Law, and the NYU Journal of Law & Business.

Professor Oranburg proudly teaches in the UNH Law Hybrid program. “The future of accessible legal education is online,” Oranburg said, adding that, “UNH has a phenomenal online JD program” that he is “proud to teach in.”

Professor Oraburg’s research currently focus on form contracts in the metaverse, the metaverse being the broad new three-dimensional digital space where, increasingly, people spend time and commerce happens. Form contracts—the technical name of for take-it-or-leave-it-offers—already dominate real commerce. Metaverse commerce is even more asymmetrically formal. Asymmetric relational distortions are more problematic where, as with digital commerce, smart contracts render deals enforceable despite any equitable or fairness defenses. How to infuse equitable principles into the rule of code is the next challenge that Professor Oranburg wants to address.

Courses Taught

  • LBS 912: Transactional Legal Practice
  • LGP 920: Contracts
  • LIP 918: Trade Secrets Law
  • LIP 934: IP & Entrepreneurship
  • LRS 905: Independent Study
  • LSK 960: Law Journal Staff

Research Interests

  • Venture Capital
  • Contracts
  • Business/Corporate Law
  • Financial Markets
  • Law & Economics

Selected Publications

  • Oranburg, S. (2022). Social Media and Democracy after the Capitol Riot, or, A Cautionary Tale of the Giant Goldfish. Mercer Law Review, 73, 591.

  • Oranburg, S. C. (2022). A History of Financial Technology From Corporations to Crowdfunding.

  • Oranburg, S., & Palagashvili, L. (2021). Transaction Cost Economics, Labor Law, and the Gig Economy. The Journal of Legal Studies, 50(S2), S219-S237. doi:10.1086/704893

  • Oranburg, S., & Kahn, B. (n.d.). Online Onboarding: Corporate Governance Training in the COVID-19 Era. SSRN Electronic Journal. doi:10.2139/ssrn.3648687