Legal Drafting: Corporate (LAW-849C-E001)
All summer 2020 classes will be taught online. Classes may have a combination of live sessions and asynchronous materials/assignments. The block of time listed here will be the maximum amount of live session meeting time expected of you and may be decreased to the extent of asynchronous material added.
Law 849C-001 Legal Drafting-Corporate, Dionne Savage: The course will explore the process of effectively drafting contracts in the practice of corporate law. This course is designed to cover structuring and drafting of corporate formation and governance documents and transaction contracts for business and real estate development clients. We will focus on composing legal documents that efficiently accomplish clients' objectives, provide clarity for the parties and manage risks. Instruction will include hands-on drafting and in-class exercises. We will work with a fictitious client and work through an entire transaction from term sheet to closing. The course is designed to develop your skills in writing, editing and analysis such that, upon finishing the course, you will understand: • the business purpose of each of the contract concepts; • how to translate a business deal into contract concepts; • how to draft each of a contract’s parts; • how to draft with clarity and without ambiguity; • how to work through the drafting process and • how to review and comment on a contract.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Textbook: Tina L. Stark, Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do (2007) – Light blue cover. Can be ordered from Amazon or other online retailers and the price ranges from $7.00 - $70.00 - ISBN-13 978-0735563391. We will use the First Edition in print as the official course book, but the Second Edition may be available online. Here is the link:
First Class Readings
The first reading assignment is: Chapter 1; Pages 3-7; Chapter 2; Pages 9-10; Chapter 18, Chapter 26 (read in the Second Edition); Chapter 27; Pages 329-343 - (Sent via email or posted on MyWCL). The Chapters are generally very short. Please try to review. Note that the Syllabus will reflect the corresponding Second Edition section. For example: Chapter 1; Pages 3-7; Second Edition (“2d”) 1.1-1.9 This is not additional reading - it is either read the First Edition (if you purchase the book) or read the Second Edition online.
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