Common Draft annotated contract form book — understand what’s in your agreements
The Common Draft™ form book project is something I’ve been experimenting with for several years, most recently as course materials for the law school contract drafting course I teach. The intent is (i) to provide a checklist to remind contract drafters and reviewers of some of the issues that they might want to address, and (ii) to provide sample language and commentary.
Here are the chapters I’ve completed so far:
- Definitions clauses — posted September 7, 2012, with a large number of “standard” definitions such as Affiliate.
- Confidential Information clauses — a collection of provisions commonly found in confidentiality agreements a.k.a. nondisclosure agreements a.k.a. NDAs. [Revised 2012-09-30]
- General Provisions — posted August 7, 2012 (with clickable footnotes). This chapter addresses issues such as amendments; assignment of the contract; entire agreement; notices; choice of law and choice of forum; contract-interpretation rules; dispute-prevention and -management procedures; and more.
A PDF of an older working draft containing more provisions, which I provided to my students, is here.
[Originally posted 2012-02-08]