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Monday, August 11, 2014

Northwestern Law’s Zev J. Eigen’s New Drafting Exercise

EigenNorthwestern University Law School’s Zev J. Eigen (pictured), visiting at NYU School of Law this fall, has developed a new online contract drafting practicum for first year students. 

Here are the basics:

The practicum is designed to give students a taste for real world contract drafting on behalf of clients. Students are randomly assigned to one of two roles --either representing an employer or a recently hired employee. They negotiate and memorialize the terms of employment their respective clients have already agreed upon. Students will be assigned counterparts within their classes and will negotiate the terms of the contracts through an online portal.

The practicum is set up so that all of the logistical work is done by the software and Professor Eigen. For instance, the software will pair students and email them information about their counterparts. Instructions, participants’ confidential role information, and general instructions will be available through the portal. After student pairs upload their contracts, the software will analyze their work product. Students and professors will receive analytical results in case you wish to spend class time discussing their performance. That is, there is very little work for you if you wish to run it, and you can use almost no class time on it if you wish. Professor Eigen provides a “Professor’s Guide” offering more information including some suggested class discussion points.

There is also an interesting technology-related component of the practicum. If you contact Professor Eigen directly, he will provide more detailed information about it to you.

Instructors who would like to know more about this practicum, and are considering using it in their classrooms this fall should contact Professor Eigen directly: z-eigen@northwestern.edu

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