Training Law Students to Be International Transactional Lawyers - Using an Extended Simulation to Educate Law Students About Business Transactions
University of Pretoria - Centre for Human Rights; American University - Washington College of Law
American University - Washington College of Law
Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law, Vol. 1, pp. 67-87, 2007
American University, WCL Research Paper No. 08-41
The article describes an innovative approach to educating law students about the legal issues and the role of lawyers in negotiating international business transactions. It is based on our experiences in developing and teaching a course that is built around a semester-long simulation exercise and taught in counterpart classes at two law schools. The students in these classes represent the opposing parties and negotiate a cross-border business transaction involving a joint venture agreement, a licensing agreement and a long-term supply contract. The students, who attend either the American University Washington College of Law or the Centre for Energy Mineral and Petroleum Law and Policy at the Dundee University in Scotland, utilize written communications, video-conferencing and teleconferencing in their negotiations. In the paper we discuss the value the course adds to the education of our students, the challenges and pleasures of teaching the course, the response of students to the innovative approach to teaching, and ways in which the course could be adapted and enriched.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: international business transactions, legal education, international economic law
JEL Classification: K12, K20, K33, L21
Date posted: January 17, 2008 ; Last revised: December 9, 2012
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