Clarke Program on Law, Finance, and Transactions

Deals Curriculum

In addition to Cornell Law School's core business law curriculum, the Institute is introducing students to a different way of thinking about deals and lawyering in an effort to expand their practical skills.  The Institute sponsors one core Deals course and a number of Deals seminars each year, taught by expert practitioners, each focusing on a different specialty.  The Deals course is taught by Professor Charles Whitehead.  It is open to law and business students alike, and introduces students to complex deal structuring.  The course provides readings in economic theory, models and mechanics, and describes the tools that transactional lawyers use to address the problems presented.  The course includes deal-related documentation from actual transactions that student teams dissect using tools they study in class.  The teams present the deals to their classmates, describing what the deal was intended to do and how it was structured.  The lawyers (and clients) who actually negotiated the deal then explore it during the following class.