Miami Law Establishes Transactional Law Concentration, Prepares Students to Contribute to Careers on Day One

The curriculum equips students with a solid background in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts.
Miami Law Establishes Transactional Law Concentration, Prepares Students to Contribute to Careers on Day One
Marcia Narine Weldon, director of the Transactional Law concentration

The University of Miami School of Law has launched a new concentration and area of focus on transactional law, building off the highly successful transactional skills program

The Transactional Law Concentration and Area of Focus will equip students with the background and a portfolio of work that will qualify them for entry-level positions with law firms of all sizes, corporate in-house law departments, startups, nonprofits, regulators, and governmental agencies. Students who plan to practice complex commercial litigation will also benefit from the coursework as it will help them understand the types of contracts and terms that will be the subject of lawsuits and litigation.  

The concentration and area of focus perfectly complement the Business of Innovation, Law, and Technology and Business Compliance & Sustainability concentrations and areas of focus.  

"Law students face the ongoing demand to come out of law school with more skills training and experiential learning as part of their legal education beyond litigation-based writing," said Marcia Narine Weldon, director of the concentration and faculty coordinator of the Business Compliance and Sustainability concentration, and a lecturer in law.

The concentration requires 25-28 credits, 15-17 from required courses, and 14 from distributional and elective courses. The area of focus involves 13-16 credits, 9-10 from required courses, 2-3 from distributional classes, and three from elective courses. 

Both programs build off Transactional Skills I and II, the interactive, practice-oriented courses structured around acquiring an asset or business and some of the critical agreements required to complete the transaction and focus on the work of deal lawyers.  

"The program enhances law students' traditional legal education and teaches the professional skills they must develop to be effective lawyers, preparing them for what they will face as new lawyers in any legal setting and to contribute on Day One," said Weldon. 

More on studying business law at Miami Law