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256.8 sec. 001 - Transactional Practice for 1L's (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Patrick Maben Hammon  
Instructor: Jose Luis Lopez  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 12
From January 10, 2022
To March 07, 2022

Course Start: January 10, 2022
Course End: March 07, 2022
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 29
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

This course provides a hands-on overview of the most frequently-negotiated contracts in today’s global high technology practice. We will focus on essential legal concepts from Contracts, Intellectual Property, and Business Associations and examine how these issues come to life in Silicon Valley commercial negotiations.

Written assignments and exercises will explore practical drafting approaches with a focus on clarity in order to prevent and resolve disputes that can flow from select key provisions. Real-world examples from case law and case studies will be used to identify and explain critical drafting and negotiating points, as well as how to approach them as practitioners.

Students will learn to draft, review and negotiate key transactional documents as well as how to communicate critical terms to internal stakeholders at high technology companies (including sales, product and executive leadership). Guest speakers from legal, business, and technical backgrounds will share their perspectives on how course topics come to life in Silicon Valley transactions.

Students will produce several written assignments, including client emails, a contract mark-up, and a negotiation outline. Writing assignments may involve initial drafts, instructor feedback, peer review, and final revisions.

Credit will be assigned as follows: (i) 50% based on the quality of the written work, attendance, and in-class participation; and (ii) 50% based on the quality of an in-class summative assessment at the end of the course. Students will have the choice of either an oral presentation or participation in a mock negotiation as a summative assessment. Final presentations and negotiations will be held during the last two class sessions.

Instructors: Jose Lopez ‘09 (experience at Samsung, Salesforce, Gunderson, Cravath) and Patrick Hammon (experience at McManis Faulkner, Skadden) have a combined 25+ years of legal practice including technology transactions, M&A, venture, and commercial litigation.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
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