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Transactional Law & Drafting Resources

A Guide to Transactional and Drafting Resources at Northwestern University School of Law


This guide provides an overview of transactional law and contract drafting resources available through the library. Transactional law materials include precedents (sample agreements and contracts) and forms, checklists and timelines, and practice notes. 

  • Precedents are agreements and contracts that have previously been used in other transactions. Precedents can save you time by allowing you to avoid starting from scratch when drafting your own documents, but you must review the precedents carefully to ensure accuracy and shape them to your facts.
  • Checklists and timelines identify key legal issues and considerations to help ensure you are not overlooking important tasks in a transaction.
  • Practice notes are written by practitioners and provide how-to guidance and explanations of legal concepts or topics.

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