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Editor: Paul L. Caron, Dean
Pepperdine University School of Law

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Adding One Credit To Contracts To Prepare All Law Students For Transactional Practice

Tina L. Stark, Transactional Skills Education: Mandated by the ABA Standards, 20 Transactions ___ (2019):

I explain why current ABA Standards require law schools to provide every student a foundation to practice transactional law. In addition, I urge individual schools to add at least one credit to the 1L Contracts course. Why? Because any graduate might join the estimated 50% of lawyers who spend all or part of their time doing transactional work. With respect to adding at least one credit to the 1L Contracts course, I was not, and am not, advocating that professors use the additional time to teach negotiation or drafting.

Instead, I propose that we allocate that time to teaching foundational knowledge that builds the infrastructure for additional transactional education. We need to give students a transactional perspective.

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