Techniques to Teach Substance and Skill in Contract Drafting: In-Office Meetings and Analytical Memos
Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, Vol. 11, 2011
16 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2011 Last revised: 17 Dec 2012
This short article is based on a talk at Emory Law School on Transactional Lawyering. One overall pedagogical aim of a transactional course (or any business contract drafting course) is to link skills training with insistence on in-depth substantive learning about law and business. In this way, skills training – although acknowledged to be practical – also can be recognized as intellectually demanding, a point not always appreciated by proponents of more traditional law teaching. Two techniques for making the connection – in-office meetings and detailed “companion” analytical memos – are described.
Keywords: corporate governance, contracts, teaching methods, legal education, transactional lawyering
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