Advanced Legal Writing: Business Transactions
This course is designed to give students practical preparation in drafting and analyzing contracts and managing business transactions. It should especially appeal to students interested in working in a law firm and practicing transactional law (be it corporate, intellectual property, environmental, real estate, etc.). It will also appeal to those interested in business litigation who would like to gain some basics in contract analysis and those curious about the work of transactional lawyers. The course offers a wide range of realistic legal writing and drafting problems--completed both inside and outside of class. These drafting assignments will help students improve their writing, drafting and editing skills and develop their sensitivity to the expectations of the attorneys and clients for whom they will be working. In the course, students will learn the foundational tools necessary to analyze a variety of business agreements. Students will learn how to write clear, effective, plain language contracts. Students will also be exposed to other transactional writing and learn how to manage complex business transactions.