Teaching Transactional Lawyering
Karl S. Okamoto
Drexel University - Earle Mack School of Law
January 17, 2009
Drexel College of Law Research Paper No. 2009-W-02
NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 09/10 #22
Law schools are giving more and more attention to transactional lawyering. Once relegated to a single course on "business planning," law school curriculums at every level of law school are being pushed to include a new focus on teaching future practitioners how to do deals. In doing so, law schools are discovering that the skills required to be a proficient transactional lawyer are often different from those needed by litigators or judges. Therefore the curriculum that teaches students how to "think like a lawyer" falls short when the goal becomes to teach them to "think like a deal lawyer." This article describes a novel transactional lawyering course designed to serve as the "keystone" course in a transactional lawyering curriculum.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44
Keywords: Lawyering, Pedagogy, Skills Training, Law School Curriculumworking papers series
Date posted: February 19, 2009 ; Last revised: December 12, 2012
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