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Jacob M. Carpenter, Unique Problems and Creative Solutions to Assessing Learning Outcomes in Transactional Drafting Courses: Overcoming "The Form Book Problem", 38 U. Dayton L. Rev. 195 (2012)

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38 University of Dayton Law Review 195 (2012)


In transactional drafting courses, students need to practice evaluating and using forms to aid them when they draft contracts. Only by working with forms can students learn to identify forms’ benefits and dangerous pitfalls. On the other hand, when students use forms, how can professors assess whether students crafted the contract carefully based on their own knowledge and skills, or whether they essentially just copied a form? This article provides nine creative solutions that enable professors to assess whether students have attained the skills and knowledge needed to draft strong contracts, even when students use forms to guide their drafting.

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