|Penn Law and Wharton Students Glean Real World Lessons in New Deals’ Class
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And one that Campbell Austin 3L suspects will give him a leg up in his job at Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he intends to handle intellectual property transactions and patent litigation. “I anticipate that this class will help quite a bit. I expect it will be easier to do deal support, now that I’ve got a good grasp of information and risk issues facing the parties.”
The class drew phenomenal interest, with nearly five times as many applicants as spots. In response, Knoll and Raff offered the course again this spring, with new wrinkles.
Knoll said students spent more time examining real transactions in the news and in past cases, using the information they had learned to provide cogent analysis. And, Raff added, there was also more discussion of governance and tax issues.
Progress, however, will not be as fast as the principals would like. There is no text available. Knoll, Raff and a small handful of other professors who teach similar courses are creating the materials as they go. Like the deals studied last semester, this course is at the cutting edge.