About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- BUSINESS LAW
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- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Contract Drafting and Strategy (Spring 2018)
- Course Number: LAW-710
- Class Number: 03391
- Instructor: Michael Roster
This course requires you to learn from your own work and that of your classmates. As will be expected for the rest of your career, a key function of the course is to help you think independently and become professionally calibrated – that is, comfortable determining the relevant legal principles and then applying them to the client’s needs, priorities and circumstances. A wide range of resources will be available on Blackboard, but it will be up to you to use these and other materials as you think appropriate.
In this regard, the course is based on the concept of “learning by doing,” with the goal that students are functioning at a first-year attorney level or higher in contracts by the end of the course. Feedback will be similar to the types of performance reviews used at law firms and companies. Among other things, Prof. Roster was a law firm managing partner and practice group chair and then spent 14 years as a general counsel.
The course will meet in five intensive Saturday class sessions with three going a half day (through lunch on January 13 , February 10 and February 24) and two going a full day (January 27 and March 3) since these will be double sessions. The course will be before Spring Break.
Grading will be based upon (a) written assignments, which generally will be limited to a maximum of 3 to 5 pages in length; and (b) classroom participation in a law firm type setting, and later through the team projects and presentations.
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: 01/13, 02/20, 02/24 half day; 01/27, 03/03 full day
- Exam: None
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills Requirement: Yes
- Participation: Required and graded
- Enrollment Limitation: 20 students
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