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 appeal to students interested in working in a law firm and practicing transactional law (be it corporate, finance, intellectual property, environmental, real estate, etc.). It will also appeal to those interested in business litigation who would like to gain an understanding of the law underlying contractual provisions and in contract analysis and those curious about the work of transactional lawyers. The course offers a wide range of realistic legal research, writing and drafting problems--completed both inside and outside of class. These drafting assignments help students improve their research, analysis, writing, drafting, and editing skills and develop their sensitivity to the expectations of the attorneys and clients for whom they will be working. Students will learn how to research the applicability of certain provisions to certain sorts of contracts and will learn the foundational research and analytical 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. 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. Students may not drop this course after the second day 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. Late papers are subject to grading penalties. Early drop and assignment deadlines. Elements used in grading: Class participation, attendance, written assignments and final paper. Writing (W) credit is for students entering prior to Autumn 2012.