Law 763 - Contract Drafting

Sarah Korobkin

Sarah Korobkin

Director of Special Projects for Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy
B.A. University of Virginia, 1993
J.D. College of William and Mary, 1998
Course Description:

Contract Drafting uses familiar contract concepts such as representations, warranties, covenants and conditions, and teaches students how to draft for the particular type of contract concept.  Students learn contract structure and design: how to analyze and understand the various parts that make up a contract, the role of each, and how they work together.   The course emphasizes understanding the business goals and needs of the client and advancing those goals through contract drafting while taking into account client position and leverage.  The class is a skills based course which uses drafting homework and in-class exercises to practice and hone skills.  Students are graded on class participation and 4-5 graded assignments. Spring 2021 will be offered entirely by remote instruction.  The class will meet live for most sessions but there will also be some asynchronous classes.

Students may take either this course or Law 751 Transactional Skills, but not both.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the course students should be proficient at:

1. Taking business terms and translating them into relevant contract terms;
2. Understanding the impact that client position and leverage makes on drafting and how to draft appropriate to the situation;
3. Identifying and resolving drafting ambiguities;
4. Drafting clearly and concisely;
5. Marking-up and submitting comments to the opposing side;
6. Drafting memos to clients;
7. Drafting memos to supervisors;
8. Drafting language that is statutorily required or based; and
9. Drafting a contract based on given criteria and goals.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Sarah Korobkin 20F 763 LEC 1 MW 1:45 PM - 3:10 PM 3.0 Yes No
  Experiential course enrollment through separate process; deadline July 27, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Students may not take both Law 751 & Law 763.
Sarah Korobkin 20F 763 LEC 2 MW 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 3.0 Yes No
  Experiential course enrollment through separate process; deadline July 27, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Students may not take both Law 751 & Law 763.
Sarah Korobkin 21S 763 LEC 1 TR 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM 3.0 Yes No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 1
Stark, Tina. Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do   2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9780735594777. Aspen Publishers. REQUIRED $129.00
Textbook for Spring 2021 LEC 1
Stark, Tina. Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do   2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9780735594777. Aspen Publishers. REQUIRED $129.00
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 2
Stark, Tina. Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do   2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9780735594777. Aspen Publishers. REQUIRED $129.00