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National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Drafting Contracts and Contract Provisions (PLG-403)

Location: 
Various, distance learning format.
Length: 

Varies; self-study format.

Dates: 
January 2009 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain the importance of a contractual agreement and what the agreement means; outline and apply the seven contractual concepts; apply and explain to clients and colleagues the risk allocation involved in entering into contractual agreements; draft contracts and contract provisions in plain English and convert terms written in "legalese" into plain English; explain the difference between contractual terms of art and apply them to various circumstances in which they should be used; draft standard contractual provisions clearly and without ambiguities; explain the organization and chronology of a contract; review a contract that has already been drafted and identify areas that need to be added to, removed, corrected, etc; and avoid (or overcome) ethical dilemmas in contract drafting.

Instruction: 

This course focuses on the "building block" components that comprise a contract and how each component is drafted. Students get a "behind the scenes" look at conversations and negotiations that occur prior to getting to the drafting stage and what happens during and after the drafting stage. Students learn how to draft in simple terms (simplify complex sentences, agreements, and statutes into plain English) for an easy-to-read contract. Also included is a review of basic grammar principles. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Contract Law or Business Law (1/13) (3/18 revalidation).

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