Students leaning toward a career in Transactional Law sometimes wonder why they are required to take Practice Court. Once they enter the program, the reasons are obvious.
Through this intense, two-term, six-month program, students develop the skills, precision and confidence essential to becoming successful lawyers—regardless of whether they ultimately pursue a career negotiating and structuring major transactions, or negotiating and litigating high-stakes disputes.
The best transactional lawyers understand what it means to truly counsel and lead. They are prepared to manage their time and focus under pressure, prepared to organize the details of complex undertakings, and ultimately prepared to command the room, whether it be the courtroom, the boardroom, or in the arena of public leadership. The intensity of Practice Court simultaneously develops these foundational traits in students while delivering a hard-earned confidence that they can handle the pressure.
Additionally, students who are completing a transactional Professional Track often have the opportunity to choose, for their second quarter of Practice Court, a final “big trial” case drawn from that area of practice. This allows a customized integration between the Practice Court experience and the student’s future specialization. For several Professional Tracks, students even have the option of completing a “capstone” course in coordination with their big trial, in which they work directly with a transactional law professor serving as a consultant throughout the big trial process.
By the end of Practice Court, students not only have transformed their analytical skills, strategic thinking and methods of persuasive delivery (all essential to quality lawyering), they have become more polished at drafting and negotiations, more precise in anticipating and avoiding transactional missteps, and more confident knowing that, if the deal ends up in court, they are well-prepared. And with transactional cases fully integrated into the Practice Court curriculum, they emerge with the unique combination of business acumen, transactional expertise, trial experience and real-world lawyering skills that will serve them in both the boardroom and the courtroom.