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Center for Transactional Law and Practice

Emory Law is acclaimed for combining doctrine and practice in its rigorous curricular program, serving as the model for transactional education programs across the country.

Through the Center's Transactional Law Program, students have the opportunity to acquire a strong foundation in business law doctrine, become financially literate, and practice contract drafting and other critical deal skills. The Center provides a roadmap for every student interested in studying transactional law—from those who want to learn only the basics to those who want to go further and earn the Transactional Law and Skills Certificate.

Whether through in-class simulations of complex deals or by way of transactional law externships with actual clients, students in the Transactional Law Program get the chance to experience what being a deal lawyer is really like. Emory Law students pursuing other practice areas also find these courses invaluable.

Beyond the classroom, the Center provides meaningful preparation for the deal lawyers of tomorrow by hosting the Transactional Law and Skills Education Conference every other year. Gathering law school faculty and adjunct professors from around the world, the conference offers those who teach transactional law and skills a forum for discussing shared experiences, best teaching practices, innovative ideas, and future challenges.

Exponential Growth

Since its founding in 2007, the Transactional Law and Skills Certificate Program has grown exponentially.

  • 233 Certificate graduates since 2007
  • 200+ second- and third-year students currently enrolled in the program
  • 18 sections of Contract Drafting, 9 sections of Deal Skills, and 10 different capstone courses
  • 40+ expert practitioners teaching as adjunct professors 
  • 13 Emory Law faculty members engaged in the program

Transactional Law Certificate Program

The integrated Transactional Law and Skills Certificate curriculum consists of courses that build upon each other, culminating in a capstone course or transactional law externship.

To earn the Certificates, students take five foundational courses and complete at least three skills courses—Contract Drafting, Deal Skills, and either a capstone course or a transactional law externship.