Contract Drafting Courses for Upper-Level Students: Teaching Tips

Robin A. Boyle, St. John's University School of Law

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Contract-drafting courses are gaining in popularity in law school, and they are a pleasure to teach. On July 20–21, 2005,Northwestern University School of Law provided the location and Judith A. Rosenbaum provided on-site assistance in hosting the first national conference, in recent times, on the topic of contract drafting. The conference was aptly called “Teaching Contract Drafting.” Approximately 100 participants attended, which was significantly more than the organizers expected. The conference’s large attendance indicates the need and growing enthusiasm for guidance on how to develop and teach contract-drafting courses. The organizers of the conference, Susan Irion, Richard Neumann, and Tina Stark, designed the sessions to cover both the substance of the course and various approaches to teaching the substance.