A Contract-Drafting Competition? What a Good Idea!

Yesterday I was reminded of a contract-drafting competition for law students. It’s run by the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research in Hyderabad, India, in association with the law firm Ashurst. Go here for some background information, and go here for the fact-pattern and rules.

I like the idea of a contract-drafting competition. It would, in a small way, help offset the litigation-centric nature of U.S. law schools, and it would promote the notion of contract drafting as a discipline.

So at some point I’d like to be involved in such a competition. Presumably it, like the NALSAR–Ashurt competition, would be under the auspices of a law school and would be sponsored by a law firm.

And I’d want the language component to be scored based on compliance with MSCD. Given that no language guidelines are specified, who knows how the language component of the NALSAR–Ashurt competition is graded.

In any event, let’s see what the future holds.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.