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Indiana Law students can build their own plan of study by taking classes from a number of different areas, or they can choose an area of focus.
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 draft clear contract provisions that minimize ambiguity. 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. 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 real-life 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, and 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 their client#s business deal with minimal ambiguity. 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. O'Bryan: The textbook for this course is #Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do,# by Tina L. Stark. Class size will be limited to facilitate a clinical rather than lecture approach to teaching the fundamentals of reviewing, understanding, structuring, drafting, negotiating and revising contracts # skills valuable to all practicing attorneys. Regardless of the nature or complexity of the transaction (real estate, intellectual property, sale of a business, corporate merger, settlement of a lawsuit, or whatever), common elements and techniques are employed by lawyers to translate the clients# #basic business deal# into a workable, enforceable agreement. Students will learn from weekly textbook readings, each reinforced by a drafting or contract review/explanation or revision assignment. Class time will be allowed for general questions and answers (which also may be addressed via email), but will be devoted as much as possible to one-on-one time with students for review and feedback on assignments (while other students begin work on the next assignment). Students also should anticipate at least one drafting/feedback session outside class time, by appointment. Assignments will be graded throughout the semester, and there will be no final exam, as such.
Note This course may offer writing credit.
Faculty M. Need, Becker, O'Bry
|Spring 2013 - 2014||Transactional Drafting||Becker, A.|
|Spring 2013 - 2014||Transactional Drafting||Need, M.|
|Spring 2013 - 2014||Transactional Drafting||O'Bryan, R.|
|Fall 2013 - 2014||Transactional Drafting||Need, M.|
|Spring 2012 - 2013||Transactional Drafting||Becker, A.|
|Spring 2012 - 2013||Transactional Drafting||Need, M.|
|Spring 2011 - 2012||Transactional Drafting||Becker, A.|
|Spring 2011 - 2012||Transactional Drafting||Need, M.|
|Summer II 2009-2010||Transactional Drafting||Need, M.|