Participants in the 2019 The Closer Transactional Law Competition Announced

October 18, 2018

Participants in the 2019 The Closer Transactional Law Competition Announced

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WACO— October 18, 2018

Baylor Law is pleased to announce the roster of schools participating in the 2019 The Closer transactional law competition. Beginning in 2017, this unique competition has become one of the premier transactional law contests in the country. Students from participating schools vie for a total of $10,000 in cash prizes and bragging rights as a top closer.

The Closer is an invitation-only event, limited to one student entrant per school. To receive an invitation to the 2019 competition, law schools must have excelled at previous transactional law competitions or otherwise distinguished themselves in transactional legal training. Ten schools were selected for this year’s competition.

The ten schools participating in the 2019 The Closer will be:

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • South Texas College of Law Houston
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Widener University Delaware Law School

The Closer stands out for its significant cash prize awards, and its challenging, real-world legal scenario. The details of the issue will be disclosed to competitors only 24 hours prior to the first round of negotiations. Competitors will participate in four grueling rounds of negotiation on Saturday, January 18th, and the top four entrants will compete a day later in the final round. The tight timeline for preparation and intense competition schedule push competitors to quickly identify the most important legal issues, devise solutions, and negotiate the best possible results that serve their client's needs.

The Closer will be held over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, January 17-20, 2019 and student entrants will be named by their schools shortly. More information is available on Baylor Law’s website, here:

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