The mission of the Texas Business Law Society (TBLS) is to provide educational, networking and professional development opportunities for law students interested in both transactional- as well as litigation-based business law. Organizational activities may include, but are not limited to, guest lectures, training clinics, competition teams, networking events, career-advancement opportunities, and social events both on and off campus. TBLS also coordinates the teams which represent The University of Texas School of Law at the annual National Transactional LawMeet competition.
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How do I join TBLS?
Fill out our Membership Form and a representative of TBLS will contact you about your membership status. Dues for 2017-2018 are as follows:
2Ls & 3Ls (New to TBLS): $30
2Ls (Returning): $20
3Ls (Returning): $10
I’m a 1L and don’t want to take on too many commitments, can I still join TBLS?
Absolutely. TBLS has no hours or event attendance requirements. All we ask is that you follow RSVP and cancellation guidelines for the individual events. However, to be invited to attend attend the banquet in the spring, you must attend either the LawMeet Practicum or the M&A School, two other professional events, and one membership event.
What is LawMeet?
LawMeet is TBLS’s moot court style transactional competition. It is open to all students, regardless of class level. It offers students the chance to gain valuable skills that will give them a head start towards a career in transactional law. Students have the opportunity to represent a fictional client by drafting a document and negotiating its terms. Those that do well will be invited to join one of TBLS’s traveling LawMeet teams and compete in one of several competitions across the nation.
Can I fulfill my pro-bono pledge through TBLS activities?
Yes. TBLS’s pro bono program is coordinated through the University and as such all Pro Bono hours done with TBLS can be counted towards the pledge requirements.
I’m not sure if I want to do litigation or transactional, should I join TBLS?
This is actually a great reason to join TBLS. Many of our events are geared toward students who are unsure or simply don’t know much about transactional work. While we do have some more intense or advanced events for more focused students, many of our events will be beneficial and fun for all students.
What is the TBLS M&A School?
The M&A School is TBLS’s annual signature event, co-hosted with Baker Botts. The program covers an entire M&A transaction from start to finish and is presented by experienced partners from the firm’s M&A/Securities group. The event is also CSO approved for resume credit.