Venture Transactions

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON 3:55 - 5:45 pm TNH 3.124

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam December 18, 2024


Taught by Kevin Vela.

This class will prepare students to counsel early-stage companies and investors through a myriad of startup related transactions and situations. We will begin with a brief history of venture to understand the foundation of the practice, and then explore, in detail, aspects of structuring a venture backed company, raising capital, interacting with investors, and typical commercial agreements germane to a startup. Students will be expected to read, interpret, and draft common venture financing documents and identify and provide counsel on typical founder and early-stage company issues.


The final grade will have four parts: class attendance (10%), two drafting exercises (each 25%), and a final exam (40%). The final exam will be multiple choice/short answer based, similar to most legal issue spotting exams.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawy *
Mendelson, Jason and Feld, Brad
John Wiley & Sons , edition: 4
ISBN: 978-1-119-59482-6

Important Class Changes

Date Updated
03/04/2024 Exam information updated