Transactional Practice Skills: Doing Deals
- Semester: Fall 2020
- Course ID: 279P
- Credit Hours: 2
- Grading Method: Pass/Fail Mandatory
- Experiential Credit: 2 credit hours
- Short course: Aug 31 - Nov 09, 2020
- Upperclass-only elective
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This course will be taught entirely online via Zoom.
Transactional Practice Skills: Doing Deals introduces students to the skills that lawyers—in particular, junior lawyers—will need in transactional practice in a modern “biglaw” firm. In this course, students will experience critical aspects of what it is like to be a junior associate on a transactional “deal team” as well as get a “behind the curtain” view on life as a transactional biglaw associate. Throughout the course, students will gain experience as both buy-side and sell-side counsel using various assignments and exercises as part of a mock semester-long transaction. Students will represent their client(s) from the transaction’s earliest stages through signing. Through the lens of the transaction, we will focus on understanding and manifesting the client’s business objectives, performing and communicating the findings of due diligence, drafting and revising documents and honing the soft skills (such as internal and external client communication and appropriate time and deadline management) that are necessary for a student to become a successful junior associate. During the semester, students will interact with practicing attorneys and mock clients in-person and via teleconference to walk through documents and receive feedback, which they will use to revise documents or modify their approach to various issues, much as associates do every day in firms.