Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Legal Drafting: Contracts (LAW-849-001)
Steven Shapiro

Meets: 04:00 PM - 05:50 PM (Th) - Capital - Room C217

Enrolled: 22 / Limit: 22 / Waitlist: 1

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Assessment:Take-home exam. In class project(s). Class Participation.

Prior to the first session, Professor Shapiro will email an introduction to the course and a look-ahead of types of drafting projects for the semester.


In the practice of law, clients look to their attorneys to be not only an authority regarding legal interpretation, but to also understand and anticipate the nuances of complex transactions. When properly analyzed and crafted, a legal agreement will clearly allocate and describe legal responsibility and risk and, at the same time, articulate the obligations of the parties for future action. Combining discussions of relevant laws and legal scenarios, along with drafting and negotiation assignments, this class continues the academic introduction of contracts and offers essential skills for success in practice.

Upon completion of this course, each student should be able to: (i) demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the components of a well-crafted agreement; (ii) demonstrate an ability to draft an agreement for any of the parties to a contract; (iii) identify and examine important issues and risks across types of contracts; (iv) suggest alternative scenarios in negotiation of agreements; and (v) anticipate and identify ethical issues.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

Working With Contracts: What Law School Doesn't Teach You, Charles M. Fox, Practising Law Institute (PLI); 2nd edition (May 1, 2008), ISBN-10: 1402410603, ISBN-13: 978-1402410604 (recommended book)

First Class Readings

There will not be an assigned reading before the first class, but there may be a fact pattern to discuss in class.


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