Contract Drafting: A Socratic Manifesto

Preston M. Torbert

University of Chicago Law School; Peking University School of Transnational Law; Baker & McKenzie

July 1, 2010

Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, Vol. 14, pp. 93-119, 2011-2012

This manifesto is one practitioner's reaction to the concerns raised by Harry Edwards and the Carnegie Report. In the spirit of the Socratic method, it consists of questions only. The major questions posed are: What is the importance of contract drafting? Why has contract drafting been neglected? How can we see current practices in legal education from the perspective of contract drafting? What are the implications of contract drafting for law schools? What are examples of the language questions that a new doctrine of contract drafting might answer? What other resources are there for developing a doctrine of contract drafting? What is the final question?

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: contracts, legal education, contract drafting, legal drafting, ambiguity

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Date posted: May 10, 2013  

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Torbert, Preston M., Contract Drafting: A Socratic Manifesto (July 1, 2010). Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, Vol. 14, pp. 93-119, 2011-2012 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2206576

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