A couple of items caught my eye in the most recent issue of “Business Law Today.”
One is an article by Susan J. Irion entitled “The New Classroom—Learning How to Draft Contracts in the Real World.” It discusses how law firms are using training in contract drafting to sharpen the skills of their business lawyers, and how law schools are introducing contract-drafting concepts. Susan is director of professional development at DLA Piper. She was one of the organizers of a useful conference on teaching contract drafting that was held at Northwestern University School of Law in July 2005.
The other item is an article by Francesca Jarosz entitled “None of Your Business? No—Law Schools Need to Bring Their Business Law Teaching Up to Date.” It describes how “From Yale to UCLA, professors are stepping outside of law schools’ traditional theoretical boundaries and allowing students to get concrete experience with transactional law.” Contract drafting is one of the topics discussed, and yours truly makes a brief appearance.
These articles are a further indication that training in transactional skills, including contract drafting, has been attracting a considerable amount of attention.