This three-credit seminar offers an opportunity for J.D. students interested in transactional practice to hone their legal writing, negotiating, and “real world” transactional skills in a small workshop environment. Students will negotiate and write a variety of transactional documents – including full-length contracts, deal memos, unique contractual provisions, and related correspondence – and will develop individualized goals for improving their writing, negotiating and transactional skills throughout the semester. While this course will teach drafting, deal-structuring, negotiation and related skills that are generally applicable for any type of deal or transactional practice, it will teach those skills through a focus on intellectual property and technology transactions. Students will build on skills in legal discourse introduced in the first year Legal Practice course, including crafting effective written analysis, recognizing the importance of precise drafting to ensure that the various provisions of contracts fit together in a synchronized way, understanding and meeting the expectations of the audience, organizing documents to enhance clarity, applying those skills to new forms of legal writing, and developing effective time management strategies. The course will also focus on improving students’ abilities to critically assess their own and others’ legal writing and to provide helpful feedback to colleagues in a professional setting. This transactional practice workshop includes in-class writing, simulated transactions and mock negotiations based on actual deals. Students will receive peer critique during most classes, as well as individualized feedback from the professor on most drafts of documents.
Professor permission is not required. Background in intellectual property or technology is not required.
Participation in the in-class exercises and simulations will be a key component of student evaluation.
My primary goal for the course is to give you real world transactional experience that you can use on day one out of law school. In addition, this course aims to expose you to new and emerging technologies and complex intellectual property licensing constructs, and give you the ability to analyze and negotiate different types of deals from both a legal and business perspective.