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Drafting in the Contracts Class

10 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2011  

Scott J. Burnham

Gonzaga University School of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2000


This issue of the St. Louis University Law Journal featured Contracts professors writing about what they do in the first class meeting. I recommend all of the articles! Mine discusses how I begin to introduce drafting concepts into the course on the first day. I begin by taking the students through the steps of buying something on eBay, which requires them to agree to the eBay terms and conditions. I then ask them to role-play the buyer and the seller of the item and negotiate a contract. This sets the stage for many of the concepts we will deal with in the course, the principal one being the difference between a contract of adhesion and a negotiated contract. In the article I post a website at which a powerpoint can be found. Unfortunately, this link is no longer functional. Please contact me if you would like a copy of these materials.

Keywords: contracts, drafting, contract drafting, eBay contract

Suggested Citation

Burnham, Scott J., Drafting in the Contracts Class (November 1, 2000). Available at SSRN: or

Scott J. Burnham (Contact Author)

Gonzaga University School of Law ( email )

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