Scavenger Hunt Extra Credit Opportunity (2/21/18)
As we will discuss today, here are the 20 contractual clauses for you to find. You will receive 1/2 point for each legitimate clause found–no repeats please. While the contracts may be found online, they must not be samples, templates, etc. They must be actual contracts between two or more parties with signatures on them. On each contract, clearly denote by name the clause you believe you have found. Here is the list:

1. Integration clause
2. Severability clause
3. Governing/choice of law
4. Venue/jurisdiction
5. Price
6. Duration/term
7. Termination
8. Arbitration
9. Liquidated damages
10. Attorney’s fees
11. Release/waiver/hold harmless
12. Warranties
13. Confidentiality
14. Trade secrets/proprietary material
15. Notice
16. Non-assignment/non-delegation
17. Non-compete
18. Originals/counterparts
19. Third Party Beneficiaries
20. Successors

This extra credit will be due at the beginning of class next week. Electronic submissions are ideal.

Midterms and Assignments #1 (2/21/18)

The former is fully graded and you will receive it back tonight. The latter is not.

Assignment #1: Summary of Instructions (2/2/18)
I gave out our first assignment this past Wednesday. It is due by the beginning of class on February 14th. The assignment is to re-draft the sample badly written contract (“Assignment #1”) that I posted on the “Documents and Resources” page of this site.

You should first read the sample several times to try to decipher to what the parties intended to agree. Then, pretending that LMS is your client, re-draft the contract without leaving out any of the substantive intent. You should correct all mistakes, insert provisions as necessary to clarify the substance of the deal, and generally wrestle with it until it can be understood by a layperson. This will take several drafts on your part as the sample is a jumbled legal mess, so delaying is your enemy.

Please note that we will discuss this assignment again in this Wednesday’s class. Also, if you were absent last week, you should obtain notes from someone who was in class.

Good luck!

Class Cancelled Tonight (1/24/18)

I am stuck in a deposition. Apologies. We will back the Midterm and Assignment by one week. I will see you next week.


Are You Paying Attention? (1/22/2018)
We are off to a great start and we are right on schedule. Nonetheless, I usually do end up missing a class at some point in the course. That is why I’ve asked you to always check this page before attending class. As a reward for those of you who did so this week, here is a ridiculously easy extra credit assignment (worth 5 points):

Please type (no handwritten responses accepted) the 6 elements of a legally-enforceable contract and turn it in by email or in hard copy at the beginning of class on January 24th.

Welcome (1/10/2018)

Hello everyone and thank you for checking the website. I am very much looking forward to teaching this course again and seeing some new (as well as a few returning) faces.
The syllabus for the course is posted under the “Documents and Resources” tab on this site. Print it out for yourself at your convenience. Also, please make sure to download the PowerPoints to bring to class each week as this should facilitate your note-taking.
Please obtain a copy of our text, Basic Contract Law for Paralegals – Jeffrey A. Helewitz (eighth edition), Aspen Publishers. If price is a consideration, you may want to rent the text rather than purchase it.

I hope you enjoy the course and will see you tonight.

All the best,
Your Benevolent Instructor