Advanced Legal Writing: Business Transactions
This course offers students practical preparation in the skills needed to be an effective transactional lawyer. Students will learn to draft clear, effective, plain language contracts and to analyze other transactional writing used to manage complex business transactions. The class will appeal to students interested in working in a law firm and practicing transactional law (of any type) and those interested in business litigation who would like to gain an understanding of contract provisions. The course offers a wide range of realistic drafting problems--completed both inside and outside of class. Students will also (i) develop sensitivity to the expectations of the attorneys and clients with whom they will be working, (ii) learn how to research the applicability of contract provisions, and (iii) sharpen their analytical skills in the context of contracts. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Students on the waitlist for the course will be admitted if spots are available on the basis of priority and Degree of Study. Early drop deadline: Students may not drop this course after first week of class. Corporations (Law 242) is a prerequisite for all but LLM (CGP) students. A substantial mark-up of a contract is due on the last day of class. Elements used in grading: Class participation, attendance, written assignments and final paper. Writing (W) credit is for students entering prior to Autumn 2012.