To register for the 2017 1L training session, upper-level practicum, and/or competition, click here.
Transactional LawMeet® Program
Each year, The University of Texas School of Law sends several teams of students to participate in the Transactional LawMeet® competition.
LawMeet® is the premier “moot court” experience for students interested in transactional practice. The competition takes place in the spring semester and involves three phases beginning with preparation of a draft agreement. Teams will then conduct a mark up of the opposing team’s draft. The third, and final, phase involves an in-person negotiation with the opposing team.
In recent years teams from UT Law have competed and earned multiple accolades at LawMeet competitions across the nation. Moreover, UT Law sent one team to the national LawMeet competition in 2016 and 2017.
For the 2017-2018 school year, The University of Texas School of Law will be sending three teams to compete at the following Regional LawMeet competitions:
- University of Georgia Law in Athens, GA
- Brigham Young University Law in Provo, UT
- Shepard Broad College of Law in Davie, FL
The top team from each side of the negotiation at each Regional LawMeet will be invited to compete at the National LawMeet in New York City.
For more information on the Regional and National LawMeet Competition, click here.
UT Intramural Competition
In the fall semester, the Texas Business Law Society hosts an intramural competition for first-year and upper-level students. The competition is an opportunity for students to draft and negotiate a corporate document or agreement in a manner that mirrors corporate practice. The competition is judged by corporate partners and associates from firms all over the state of Texas.
The 2017 competition will be held on Saturday, September 30. During the competition, participants compete against their peers over two rounds of negotiation. The goal is to reach a deal and show your skills in articulating your clients needs. First-year students compete in the morning, upper-level students compete in the afternoon, and a reception with judges and participants follows the competition.
10:30 –11:00 a.m. — Breakfast and Registration for 1Ls
11:00 –1:00 p.m. — 1L Students – Competition Rounds
1:00 — 2:00 p.m. — Lunch / Registration for Upper-Level Students
2:00 — 4:00 p.m. — 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M. Students – Competition Rounds
4:00 — 6:00 p.m. — Reception and Awards Ceremony
First-year law students will compete individually or in pairs to draft and negotiate a non-disclosure agreement. The students will be given a neutral form agreement to markup as buyer-friendly or seller-friendly. The buyer and seller teams will negotiate in two rounds, against two different teams. Judges will provide each team with feedback on their drafting and negotiation skills.
Attorneys from Kirkland & Ellis will host a training and information session for the first-year students on Tuesday, September 19, 5-8 pm. They will first provide an overview of the LawMeet program, insight into the work of corporate attorneys, and then walk through a non-disclosure agreement and what attorneys look for based on whether they represent the buyer or seller.
Second-year, third-year, and LL.M. students will individually draft and negotiate a venture capital term sheet (1-2 pages in length). One student will represent the founder of a startup, while the other student will represent the venture capital firm that wants to invest. The students will be given the National Venture Capital Association form term sheet and draft the terms sheet to fit the competition problem.
To train the competition participants, Texas Business Law Society will host a one-day practicum on Friday, September 22, 1-4 pm, that covers topics like negotiation, drafting skills, and venture capital basics. Attorneys from Baker Botts and UT faculty members present on these topics to help hone the skills of those students interested in corporate law.
The upper-level students will be invited to apply for one of the traveling LawMeet teams. The teams consist of 3-5 students and are coached by alumni of UT Law and TBLS.
Why You Should Join LawMeet
- Learn about corporate law in a practical environment
- Develop relationships with associates and partners at firms all across Texas
- Hone drafting and negotiation skills
- Build your resume in a manner that demonstrates keen interest in corporate law