The Closer

The Closer

Banner announcing Baylor Law's The Closer National Transactional Law Competition


A Transactional Law Competition Like No Other

The Closer is a unique invitational transactional law competition reflecting Baylor Law's commitment to training practice-ready lawyers. Unlike other transactional law contests, the details of the problem are only disclosed to the competitors twenty-four hours prior to the first round of negotiations. This tight timeline pushes competitors to identify the legal issues and devise and negotiate solutions that best serve their client's wishes with the efficiency required of lawyers under realistic time constraints.

The Closer 2023 champions Will Cowan and Ryann Connell negotiate during the final round.
The Closer for 2024

2024 Competition

The Closer for 2023

2023 Competition

The Closer for 2022

2022 Competition

The Closer for 2021

2021 Competition

The Closer for 2020

2020 Competition

A young law student makes his point heard to a fellow competitor

2019 Competition

Two competitors talk directly to one another over a table as judges watch on

2018 Competition

Competitors gather for The Closer

2017 Competition


Is Your Transactional Program Up to the Task?

a judge deliberates who is getting the best of an exchange between two competitors in The Closer

A significant aspect of The Closer is the competition's selectivity. Only schools who have distinguished themselves in the area of transactional law training are invited to compete. This ensures that in every round, the best transactional law students from the best transactional law programs in the country compete.


Closing the Deal With $10,000 in Prize Money

Two winners hold up oversized checks for their winnngs

Featuring a substantial $10,000 prize pool, Baylor Law's The Closer National Transactional Law Competition offers competitors a significant prize while giving them a chance to flex their deal making prowess.


“The Closer is a whole new class of competition. What most impressed me about The Closer is the way that the problem required participants to not only understand the deal and the client’s related business needs, but also how to map those to a contract draft and how the provisions of that draft related to one another. The resulting negotiations resemble the real-world practice of deal lawyers more closely than any other competition I have ever seen.”

—Carla Reyes
Professor SMU Dedman School of Law
Coach of 2021 The Closer Winner Floy Gaidarski



“This is the most prestigious transactional law competition in the country, and I really consider it a national championship.”

—Preston Chaffee
2021 The Closer Winner

The Closer is generously underwritten by the Kim and Bill Shaddock Fund for Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives at Baylor Law.