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Our faculty members are among the country’s most distinguished legal scholars. But they are also passionate teachers who enjoy the personal give and take of the classroom.
Pitt Law professors have defined bioethics, illuminated discrimination, and clarified intellectual property disputes. They advise the founders of new democracies and provide perspective on civil liberties in the United States. Pitt Law has led the move to free worldwide online sharing of legal and judicial scholarship with JURIST, publishing international news and primary source documents. The school also sponsors legal symposia for industries from health care to natural gas and brings experts to campus for formal lectures and informal debate.
With small class sizes and personal interaction, Pitt Law students engage with their teachers and benefit from their broad professional networks. On the lighter side, Pitt Law faculty auction their talents and donations annually to benefit the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation, a student group that raises scholarship funds for classmates electing public-interest summer internships.
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Contracts II covers important aspects of contract law not generally covered or not covered in great depth in the first-year Contracts course, and includes a substantial focus on contract drafting. There will be four graded drafting exercises that will require each student to draft particular contract clauses, notices, contract assignment documents, or the like; as part of each assignment, each student must explain her or his drafting choices in an accompanying 2 - 5 page paper. The instructor will provide feedback on each drafting exercise. In addition, there will be in-class discussion of different types of contracts. Substantive topics covered may include invalidating doctrines (mistake, fraud, duress, undue influence and unconscionability); contractual conditions; repudiation; impossibility and frustration of purpose; remedies; third party beneficiaries; and assignments of rights and delegation of duties. Contracts II is open to J.D. students who have completed their first year of law school (and who thus have taken the first-year Contracts course) or J.D. or M.S.L. students who have taken the first-year Contracts.