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Transactional Practice: Joint Ventures (Fradin)

Spring 2023   LAW 592-001  

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Additional Information
Experiential Course


Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Other Professional Skills:

20% Participation,
80% Other (Three drafting assignments and a final combined oral/written presentation will make up 80% of the grade. )

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Meeting Times/Location
T 6:40PM - 8:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 345



This course examines corporate joint ventures and offers real transactional experiences that a law firm associate or in-house corporate lawyer would encounter in practice. We will discuss the business purposes, strategies, and key contractual elements of joint ventures among well-known corporations involving video streaming services, advertising technologies, amusement parks and more. The course will combine lecture/discussion, written assignments, and in-class group exercises such as mock negotiation and contract drafting. Over the semester, we will walk through the steps involved in a strategic joint venture, from confidentiality agreement, to high-level deal term sheet, to drafting and negotiating the detailed contract. Each week we will discuss issues that business executives, your clients, focus on and how they are addressed in joint ventures. Readings will come from a variety of sources, including practice articles from business experts and law firms. The class is intended to be highly interactive, and participation will make up a substantial portion of your grade. There will be no exams.

Course assignments include: 1. Draft confidentiality agreement 2. Prepare summary of agreement terms for General Counsel 3. Prepare a breach of contract claim summary 4. Presentation: Written deal summary and presentation to Board of Directors

Course Concentrations

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.