The Transactional Lab is an action-based, experiential learning program recently launched at the Law School. In the Transactional Lab, students work, under faculty supervision, on “real-world” transactional projects for in-house counsel at premiere for-profit and non-profit companies (such as PepsiCo and NPR). As part of the Lab, students also attend interactive class sessions focused on transactional lawyering skills. “Transactional lawyering” refers to the work and role of lawyers in supporting business transactions, which involves, in large part, the analysis and drafting of complex agreements.
In addition, students in the Transactional Lab help to facilitate engagement between the Law School and practicing lawyers. Students help to develop new and existing client relationships, consult with law-firm partners on substantive questions, hear from guest speakers at the Law School as part of a “Deal Talks” speaker series, and, potentially in some cases, attend conferences to hear from, interact with, and present their work to practitioners and academics. In addition, students and faculty in the Lab have collaborated with Corporate Counsel (a publication widely read by practicing lawyers) to publish a running article series on transactional contracts topics. Through the Transactional Lab, students develop skills, knowledge, and experiences critical to their future success as transactional attorneys.
Michael Bloom, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law