Transactional Practice Center
Skills-Oriented Legal Education
South Texas College of Law Houston has long been recognized as a leader in providing a professional skills-oriented legal education. The Transactional Practice Center builds on that tradition by offering a curricular program aimed at preparing law students to become business transactional lawyers.
Educating the Next Generation of Business Lawyers
Transactional lawyers work on deals rather than cases. They represent clients in planning, negotiating, structuring, and documenting business transactions, including banking and finance, corporate, commercial, energy, international business, real estate, and taxation. The law school founded the Transactional Practice Center in 2004 in response to the growing demand for lawyers skilled at working with clients to design and implement the business and financial transactions that fuel our commercial economy and at advising and counseling clients on the applicable laws and regulations governing various aspects of the deal in order both to promote business prosperity and to minimize legal risk.
Transactional Practice Center Highlights
Transactional Law Practice Certificate
The Center offers a Transactional Law Practice Certificate—one of the first two such programs in the country—designed to provide law students with a strong background in basic business law concepts, an opportunity for in-depth study of advanced business and business-related legal doctrine and practice, and intensive practice-oriented instruction focusing on the skills essential for transactional law practice.
J.D./MBA Joint Degree Programs
South Texas College of Law Houston offers two J.D./MBA dual-degree programs that enable students to obtain two advanced degrees in less time than it would normally take to earn both degrees separately. One program is offered in cooperation with the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business, the other with the Texas A&M University Mays Business School.
Transactional Practice Skills Curriculum
South Texas College of Law Houston offers a rich and diverse range of corporate, commercial, and finance law courses. For a catalog of those courses, students should consult Pathways to Practice – Business & Corporate Pathway. Learn More about the business transactional skills courses that are a part of the Certificate program.
Transactional Practice Center Faculty
South Texas College of Law Houston offers a wide range of courses that may be related to a business transactions law practice, so many of the law school’s faculty members are indirectly connected with the curriculum associated with the Transactional Practice Center. Meet the Director, Faculty, & Advisory Board.
Business Transactional Lawyer Panel
Each year, the Center hosts a panel of practicing lawyers to discuss their work as a business transactions lawyer. These panel discussions are open to all members of the South Texas College of Law Houston community, but participants in the certificate program are especially encouraged to participate. Panelists discuss a range of topics, including the practice life of a transactional lawyer, the knowledge and skills needed for success in their area of practice, law school course planning, how law students can make themselves marketable as a transactional lawyer, and employment networking. Recent panels include the following:
For further information about the Transactional Law Practice Certificate Program, the JD/MBA joint degree programs, or the curriculum, activities, and programs of the Transactional Practice Center, contact Professor John J. Worley.