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LAWS 4449 The Art of Lawyering and the Commercial Lease (Fall: 2 )


Course Description

This course is for second and third year students. It is an exercise in the art of transactional lawyering, using commercial leases in a shopping center as a centerpiece. Through the study of a text book, cases, statutes and commercial documents, as well as through drafting and negotiation exercises, everything the student has learned in law school will converge on the problems that fictional clients bring to the class for solution. We will explore the choice of business entity, letters of intent, percentage rent, use restrictions, anti-trust, free speech in the shopping center, restrictions on transfer of interest by landlord and tenant, relationships and contracts with abutters, environmental issues, green leases, defaults and remedies, ethical issues and bankruptcy. The course grade will be determined 50% by performance on drafting assignments and negotiation exercises and 50% by the extent and quality of class participation. There will be no final exam.


Instructor(s): Joel Reck

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 12-Apr-17