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256.1 sec. 1 - Drafting Legal Documents for New Business (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Gabriel Lessard  
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: M 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 107

Course Start: January 09, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49784

In this course, students will learn and apply a range of knowledge in law and business related to the development of new businesses, particularly in the context of drafting key documents for business organizations. Most new businesses require that certain legal documents be drafted to begin their existence (e.g., articles of incorporation, charters, bylaws). For some businesses, formative documents resemble more of an agreement, in which expectations are set forth for those participating in the business (e.g., a partnership, or limited liability company(LLC)). Some businesses need to prepare and file substantial documents in order to obtain certain additional governmental benefits or status (e.g., an application for federal tax exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code). In addition, businesses often need personnel policies, contracts, grievance procedures and other human resource related forms to effectively manage employee relations.

These and other key documents have unique requirements but also a number of common rules for drafting which are not often highlighted in general courses on contracts, tax, and other substantive areas of the law. Through the course, students will gain experience drafting key documents for new businesses, assisted through individualized comments and critique provided by the instructor.

Gabrielle Lessard has almost 20 years of experience as an attorney representing non-profit organizations, their affiliates and small businesses in transactional matters. Her received her J.D. with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was an articles editor for the Wisconsin Law Review. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and was a Skadden Fellow at the National Economic Development and Law Center.

International students are welcome. General knowledge of business entity structures is helpful.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Business Law

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  • Contract Drafting
    Lenne Eidson Espenscheid (Editor)
    Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
    ISBN: 9781604427950
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $47.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law
    Constance E. (Constance E. Bagley) Bagley, Craig E. Dauchy,
    Publisher: South-Western College/West
    ISBN: 9780538466462
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 56
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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