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About the Book

Basic Contract Drafting: A Narrative Approach

Sue Payne, Northwestern University

2010.  448 pages.  ISBN13: 978-0-7355-78925-4.
With online Teacherís Manual.



About the Book

Basic Contract Drafting Assignments: A Narrative Approach is a unique supplement containing contract drafting exercises designed to be used with any contract drafting textbook or contracts casebook. Instructors who want to incorporate contract drafting exercises into their classrooms will find an invaluable asset in this supplement, which provides students with the opportunity to develop basic drafting skills applicable to all types of contracts.

Divided into four topical sequences, this concise paperback immerses students in the compelling stories of their clients' evolving business and legal needs. The book invites students to be a part of the narrative as they learn by doing.

  • The first assignment in each sequence introduces the client, its business, and a very basic transaction.
  • In the second assignment, the client's business evolves and grows, and the client enters into a slightly more complex transaction.
  • In the third assignment, two clients meet and enter into a transaction, resulting in a fully-negotiated contract.
  • Each sequence starts with a client interview, requiring the students to gather information about the terms of a transaction.
  •  For the second assignment in the sequence, the students work with documents such as letters from their clients and memoranda from their supervising attorneys.
  • Finally, for the third assignment in each sequence, the students meet, negotiate, and draft a contract based upon the confidential information their clients supply.
  • The assignments in the book are designed to give students practice in:
    o Gathering, synthesizing, and organizing the facts of a transaction.
    o Identifying which facts should be expressed as covenants, conditions precedent, representations and warranties, declarations, and statements of discretionary authority.
    o Negotiating the terms of a deal and its contractual provisions.
    o Drafting a precise, unambiguous contract in Plain English.

Additional resources for students and instructors include:

  • Entertaining and informative appendices, among them
    What Deal Lawyers Say to Each Other: A Dictionary of Contract Negotiation and Drafting Slang
    What to Expect When Your Professor Grades Your Contract (Comments with Examples and Explanations)
    Ten Tips for Interviewing a Client About a Transaction
  • A web-based Teacherís Manual that provides client interview scripts, sample student contracts, in-class exercises and workshops, teaching tips, and a vast array of interactive Power Point presentations.

Basic Contract Drafting Assignments will augment and enhance any book you are currently using by providing a wealth of exercises that will help students learn real-world drafting techniques and skills.