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Techniques to Teach Substance and Skill in Contract Drafting: In-Office Meetings and Analytical Memos

16 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2011 Last revised: 17 Dec 2012

Lyman Johnson

Washington and Lee University - School of Law; University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Lyman, 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; U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-13; Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2011-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1816862

Lyman P. Q. Johnson (Contact Author)

Washington and Lee University - School of Law ( email )

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University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law

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