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B709 Transactional Drafting

Description Need: In this course, students start with the #nuts and bolts# of contract drafting and proceed through the process of incorporating deal terms into contract provisions. Students will study both stylistic and legal conventions and their relationship to one another in a range of contract types. Through the lectures, in-class exercises, and drafting homework assignments, students will learn how to identify risks and draft clear contract provisions that minimize ambiguity and control those risks. The course is designed for students who are interested in corporate or commercial law, but it is useful to any student who will be drafting and negotiating contracts in his or her legal career. Note: 3Ls have priority for this class. Becker: This course takes a structured approach to drafting contracts, beginning with the basic building blocks of commercial agreements and finishing with an asset purchase agreement to purchase a small business. Along the way, students will learn various stylistic conventions used by business lawyers, how to translate the terms of a business deal into a written agreement, and how to add value to a client#s business deal. They will be exposed to several types of contracts, including purchase contracts, employment agreements, escrow agreements and license agreements. In-class exercises and drafting homework will give students practice drafting clear contract terms that describe a client#s business deal with minimal ambiguity. Students should make sure they can allocate time outside of class to complete the drafting and editing homework. Grading is based on two or three graded drafting projects and on class preparation and participation. The final graded exercise (in lieu of a final exam) will consist of a business purchase agreement to be edited at home using techniques learned during the semester. The course is designed for students who are interested in a business transactions practice, but it is useful for any student who plans to negotiate and draft contracts in his or her legal career. Note: 3Ls have priority for this class.

Note This course satisfies the professional skills requirement and may offer writing credit.

Faculty M. Need, Becker, O'Bryan

SemesterTitleFaculty
Spring 2016-2017Transactional DraftingBecker, A.
Spring 2016-2017Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Fall 2016-2017Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Spring 2015 - 2016Transactional DraftingBecker, A.
Spring 2015 - 2016Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Fall 2015 - 2016Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Spring 2014 - 2015Transactional DraftingBecker, A.
Spring 2014 - 2015Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Fall 2014 - 2015Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Spring 2013 - 2014Transactional DraftingBecker, A.
Spring 2013 - 2014Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Spring 2013 - 2014Transactional DraftingO'Bryan, R.
Fall 2013 - 2014Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Spring 2012 - 2013Transactional DraftingBecker, A.
Spring 2012 - 2013Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Spring 2011 - 2012Transactional DraftingBecker, A.
Spring 2011 - 2012Transactional DraftingNeed, M.
Summer II 2009-2010Transactional DraftingNeed, M.