University of Miami School of Law CourseLink Course Description - Online System
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Summer 2020

Course Description
Transactional drafting is a skill used in most areas of law. This course will benefit students whether they are interested in pursuing a transactional or litigation-based practice. In the first-year Contracts course, students generally look at contracts from the perspective as a litigator in court. In this course, students will look at contracts from the perspective of a deal lawyer by performing mock client interviews, negotiating with their peers, drafting documents from scratch or with forms, and "redlining" drafts from opposing counsel. Students will work in firms on some assignments and individually on other assignments. Students will receive feedback on both ungraded and graded assignments. Drafting and negotiation projects may involve a retainer letter, a nondisclosure agreement, parts of an asset purchase agreement, an employment contract, an intellectual property license, and/or a settlement agreement. This course is a distance course and physical presence at the Law School is not required. This online course is taught in a primarily asynchronous manner, meaning that students will have a designated amount of time to watch videos, review material, and complete class assignments. On occasion, the class will meet together online for certain simulations and to hear from practitioner guest speakers. Students must also conduct one online meeting with the professor to conduct a simulated client meeting. Although this course offers a great deal of flexibility in that students may log in and participate at any time during the day, the course is not self-paced. Students are expected to participate regularly and continually throughout each learning module in the course, and must participate in weekly interactive exercises with classmates and the professor.

Course Schedule

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Contracts; Business Associations preferred
Method of Evaluation: Grades will be based on group and individual assignments and a take-home exam, which will consist of writing a contract that students have negotiated.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes:
Distance Learning
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions: Limited to 12 students.
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Basic Contract Drafting Assignments: A Narrative Approach (Aspen Coursebook)**
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Sue Payne
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    ISBN: 978-0735589259
  • Textbook Name: Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Tina L. Stark
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    Edition: 2nd Edition
    ISBN: 978-0735594777
  • Textbook Name: Working with Contacts: What Law School Doesn't Teach You (PLI Corporate and Securities Law Library)*
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Charles M. Fox
    Publisher: Practicing Law Institute
    Edition: 2nd Edition
    ISBN: 978-1402410604

Additional Materials:
* Students can get either eBook or paperback for the Working with Contracts: What Law School Doesn't Teach You book. Students do not have to use the Kindle version. ** It is recommend that the students buy it used.  
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: 305-284-6534