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College of Law

Contract Drafting

Course Number: 6935
Professor: Ken Chestek
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Spring
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses:None

Course Overview:

This topics course will introduce the student to the world of transactional drafting. It will cover such basic topics as fact investigation and the role of the lawyer in a transaction proposed by the client, including possible negotiations with other parties. It will also cover such topics as drafting the essential parts of a contract;drafting clear and unambiguous contract provisions; and the proper use of boilerplate or form contracts. Throughout the course, we will discuss the ethical obligations of lawyers involved in transactional drafting, including situations where the parties to a transaction claim to be friendly and wish to avoid the expense of hiring separate counsel. This will be a learn by doing course. The principal teaching method will be working through a series of simulations. Among other things, students will be asked to negotiate one or more deals with other students in the class, or with students in another section of the course, then document their agreement through appropriate contracts and auxiliary documents. Students will be evaluated through a mixture of performances and written documents.

This course will satisfy the College of Law skills course requirement.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Skills
Written Assignments: Many
Type of Exam: Skills and participation
Basis for Grading Student Performance:
Other Comments: This course may be used for experiential learning credit.

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