Contract Drafting (Polak)
W 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 112
A contract is not just a written document reflecting a meeting of the minds: properly used, it is a tool for lawyers to help their clients efficiently negotiate and finalize transactions. This course will focus on drafting fundamental agreement components using clear and precise language. Students will learn how consider and understand a business deal, how to use contract concepts to accurately reflect the parties’ understanding, and how to use drafting to seek advantage and discern and resolve business issues. This course takes a real world approach to drafting, using contracts in daily use, and examining newsworthy agreements and related disputes that could have been resolved through better drafting. The course will demonstrate how fundamental contract legal theory applies in daily business transactions. Students will draft, revise and improve agreements based on hypothetical or actual business situations during in-class exercises and written assignments. The course will also incorporate related topics, including strategies for communicating with clients, partners and other supervisors, opposing counsel and third parties and will teach students what is expected from superior legal written work, whether in the context of a law firm or otherwise. Students are expected to attend classes - a critical portion of the course is reviewing previous written work. All students who want to add this course must attend the first class.
Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.
"Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do " by Tina L. Stark