Monday, November 14, 2011

Drafting in the Contracts Class

Scott Burnham has posted an article on SSRN in which he argues that contracting drafting should be a significant part of first-year contracts from the first class.  He gives several examples on how to integrate contact drafting into this traditionally doctrinal course.  He concludes: "I find that, in fact, drafting required the same higher-level reasoning processes as case analysis."

When I was in law school, we didn't draft a single contract in contracts, a complaint or answer in civil  procedure, or a lease or deed in property.  I am glad to see a trend of doing some drafting in first-year courses.  Students understand better when they apply the principles they learned.


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