Spring 2018 Course Schedule

Legal Drafting: Corporate (LAW-849C-001)
Susan Bennett

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (Tu) - Yuma - Room Y404

Enrolled: 11 / Limit: 22

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Assessment: Writing Assignments,In-class Project(s),Class Participation


This course will develop your skills in writing, editing and analysis through exercises in drafting corporate documents. We will explore issues of corporate formation and governance through the representation of one or more simulated social enterprises: mission-driven businesses that embrace new forms of for-profit organization in addition to traditional non-profit corporate forms. We will draft for a social enterprise client throughout its life cycle: from translating one great idea into creation as a formal entity; to establishing ground rules for management, control, membership and capitalization; and to helping the entity expand through relationships with other partners. We will address different options for operating a mission-driven business, including non - profit, for profit, cooperative and benefit corporations; and limited liability companies. “Clients” may include businesses with ambitions to supply better access to healthy food, workforce development and comprehensive transportation; or lawyers seeking to create a neighborhood-based law practice.

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.

Students will not be purchasing a text from the bookstore. I will post all course materials on the course site at MyWCL. Readings will include selections, with publisher's permission, from A. Alvarez & P. Tremblay, Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice; and James J. Kelly, Jr., Drafting Organizational Documents; and selections from periodicals, on-line resources, and other texts.

First Class Readings

Readings and assignments for the first class are available on the course site, under the Readings and Assignments folder, subfolder for January 9, 2018. There is no written assignment for the first class, but students must prepare questions for the "client" and must prepare to evaluate correspondence to the client.


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