The ability to draft clearly and concisely is a fundamental skill for lawyers in every area of legal practice. This two-credit seminar offers students the opportunity to develop their drafting skills in the context of a hypothetical simple corporate transaction: the acquisition of a small business. Students will review, draft and revise documents typical to this type of transaction. Since it is important to understand the purpose of the various provisions of an agreement to be able to draft clearly and in the best interests of a client, a portion of the classes will be devoted to understanding the content of the documents from the substantive perspective.
Each student will prepare several written assignments over the course of the semester, each of which will require the student to edit a document provided by the instructor to use as a model:
- Confidentiality Agreement
- Letter of Intent
- Escrow Agreement
- Consulting Agreement
- Acquisition Agreement
Additional pertinent agreements may be reviewed as part of class, as time permits, but will not be part of the homework.