This text provides a comprehensive and flexible teaching instrument for any course in legal drafting covering contracts, instruments, and legislation. It contains text, examples, and exercises that deal with both contract and statutory drafting - making the text suitable for a general drafting course, or one that focuses on contracts and instruments or on legislation. Most of the chapters have an end-of-the-chapter exercise that tests the student’s knowledge of and ability to apply the materials. It also contains further drafting exercises that involve drafting or revising either specific provisions or entire contracts and statutes.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Coursebook
Publication Date: 02/03/2017
Related Subject(s): Legal Drafting

George W. Kuney, University of Tennessee College of Law

Donna C. Looper, University of Tennessee College of Law


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This third edition of the book builds on the tremendous framework and text created by Professor Emeritus Thomas R. Haggard, University of South Carolina College of Law, in the first edition of the book and the second edition of the book by Haggard and Kuney. For this third edition, each chapter has been extensively updated to incorporate the current and developing perspectives regarding subjects like plain English, legal typography, and document preparation in the 21st century. This is especially the case in the sections of the text dealing with contracts and instruments, although it is true throughout the text. This book contains the text of Kuney and Looper’s Legal Drafting in a Nutshell (4th Ed. West 2017), but includes the exercises to compliment the text, which are supported by the teachers manual for instructors. Some material is also drawn from Kuney’s The Elements of Contract Drafting with Questions and Clauses for Consideration (4th Ed. West 2014), Readers may find a benefit in these separate titles, which contain additional materials for training in contract drafting, transactional practice, and legislation, but they should be aware of the overlaps.

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