Fordham Law

Commercial Drafting: Business Contracts and Transactions

This seminar introduces the basic drafting principles that govern agreements and other instruments used in business transactions. The course focuses not only on business acquisition agreements but also on a broad range of other instruments including employment contracts, commercial leases, license agreements, loan agreements, and statutory filings. The course covers how to structure an agreement, draft clearly, and deal with both business and legal issues. Weekly assignments require each student to draft an agreement or other instrument according to the instructions of a hypothetical client. Students then revise certain of these assignments to reflect the professor's comments and changes in the deal.

Important: A student may enroll in only one Advanced Legal Writing course each semester. Further, a student may not repeat any advanced Legal Writing course (all sections of Commercial Drafting and I.P. Drafting count as the same course). None of the drafting courses satisfies the writing requirement.

Credits: 3

Type: SEM

Does this course satisfy the skills requirement? Yes

Does this course have a waitlist? Yes

When is this course offered? Fall and Spring semesters

Pre- or co-requisites: Corporations

Additional information: Recommended: Courses in Corporate Finance or Accounting