Fall 2022 Course Schedule

Legal Drafting: Intl Contracts (LAW-849D-001)
Michael Cavanaugh

Meets: 02:30 PM - 04:20 PM (M)

Enrolled: 22 / Limit: 22

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The course will cover structuring and drafting of international sales and service transaction contracts for commercial enterprises and government institutions. Our work will include analysis of contracts from major industry sectors such as manufacturing, technology, commodities supply, energy, telecommunications, transport and logistics, media, entertainment, hospitality and tourism. Our course will cover basic legal rules and issues for international contracts, and essential tools used by parties to such transactions, including INCOTERMS and Letters of Credit. We will focus on composing documents that efficiently accomplish clients' objectives, provide clarity for the parties and subsequent users, manage and mitigate risks, avoid disputes and provide guidance for regulators, courts and arbitrators. Instruction will include short hands-on drafting and editing assignments and in-class exercises to illustrate good drafting techniques and lawyers' use of use of available model contracts and other resources. Grading will be based on regular drafting and revision assignments, class participation and an open-book take-home final exam (subject to administrative approvals).

Teamwork is critical in contract drafting, and some of our work will be done in teams of two or more students.

The Final Exam will be a mark-up exercise on a draft international commercial contract. The facts and circumstances for the Final will be developed and augmented over the last three class sessions, during which we will draft an invitation for bids, term sheet and proposed purchase and sale agreement. For the final, some additional facts will be given to students to work into the draft contract markup.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Our text will be Charles M. Fox, Working with Contracts - What Law School Doesn't Teach You, © 2008, Practicing Law Institute, ISBN 978-1-4024-1060-4. You may buy used or e-book copies of the texts if available. All other materials will be provided electronically.

First Class Readings

Fox, Working with Contracts: Ch. 1 - Introduction

Review of ICC Model International Sales Contract (WORD or .PDF version will be available on 849D-001 Class Portal)


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