Advanced Contract Interpretation |
Advanced Contract Interpretation will teach the basic skills and tools needed to interpret complex commercial agreements. Though the class will survey common features of complex business arrangements, the focus will be on equipping students with the tools needed to read legal texts, and, in particular, on the different canons of textual interpretation. The class may therefore be of interest to anyone curious about the interpretive principles used in both private and public law. Readings will be drawn from Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner; additional opinions and briefs will be provided by the instructor. Student evaluation will be based on a practical application of the skills and techniques learned in class. Students will be provided with materials in a fictional contract dispute and must write a brief in support of a pre-assigned position. During the final session of the course students will present their position at a mock hearing.
Credit Hours: 1
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)