Training Law Students to Be International Transactional Lawyers - Using an Extended Simulation to Educate Law Students About Business Transactions

Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law, Vol. 1, pp. 67-87, 2007

American University, WCL Research Paper No. 08-41

22 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2008 Last revised: 9 Dec 2012

Daniel Bradlow

University of Pretoria - Centre for Human Rights; American University - Washington College of Law

Jay Finkelstein

Georgetown Law School

Abstract

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.

Keywords: international business transactions, legal education, international economic law

JEL Classification: K12, K20, K33, L21

Suggested Citation

Bradlow, Daniel and Finkelstein, Jay, Training Law Students to Be International Transactional Lawyers - Using an Extended Simulation to Educate Law Students About Business Transactions. Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law, Vol. 1, pp. 67-87, 2007; American University, WCL Research Paper No. 08-41. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1084071

Daniel David Bradlow (Contact Author)

University of Pretoria - Centre for Human Rights ( email )

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Pretoria
South Africa

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

International Legal Studies Program
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United States
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HOME PAGE: http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/bradlow/index.

Jay Finkelstein

Georgetown Law School ( email )

600 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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