To keep up with the latest news in Real Estate, check out these web sites!
BNA Real Estate Law and Industry Report (off campus access requires name, library barcode number and PIN)
Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (membership required to access most information)
Connecticut Bar Association Real Property Section (membership required to access most information)
Welcome to Real Estate Drafting
The practice of law requires facility with the written word. Drafting, the process of committing agreements into a written form, encompasses a mix of legal knowledge, writing style, and clarity of language so that your client, and if things do not go well, a judge, can understand a complex transaction. The resources on this guide will help you draft real estate documents that bridge the gap between meaning what you write and writing what you mean.
CALI Property Lessons
CALI stands for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. It is a nonprofit consortium that is at the forefront of creating computer-based, interactive tutorials covering narrow topics of law. If you do not have the password to set up your CALI account, call the Reference Desk at 413-782-1458. Many students find these lessons (and the quizzes that follow some of the lessons) useful for checking on their understanding of a particular legal concept.
These lessons should refresh your memory on any hazy topics left over from 1L Property Law.
This lesson on drafting contracts, while focusing on the UCC, brings out several generally applicable drafting principles.
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