594 Mergers & Acquisitions in the Real World: Practical Knowledge and Skills for an M&A Lawyer

This seminar is designed to provide students with a core foundation of practical knowledge and skills to succeed as an M&A lawyer. The course will involve interactive discussions focused on relevant, real-world M&A topics, a negotiation simulation, and hands-on assignments designed to mirror the types of things young M&A lawyers will be asked to do.

Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information

Students must have previously completed either (1) Law 210, Business Associations or (2) any introductory course on business organizational law/company law taken at another law school as part of a degree program, whether in the United States or abroad. (For the sake of clarity, we assume that foreign LLM students with an interest in corporate, securities, or transactional law have already satisfied option (2) and are therefore automatically eligible to enroll in this course without requiring any pre-authorization.) Students who take this course may not take (or have taken) Law 336, Mergers & Acquisitions at Duke Law.

Course Areas of Practice
Evaluation Methods
  • Group project(s)
  • Oral presentation
  • Practical exercises
  • Class participation
Degree Requirements
Course Type
  • Seminar
Learning Outcomes
  • Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession

Fall 2024

2024
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor

594.01 2
  • Group project(s)
  • Oral presentation
  • Practical exercises
  • Class participation
Andrew Parker, William Kucera

This seminar is designed to provide students with a core foundation of practical knowledge and skills to succeed as an M&A lawyer. The course will involve interactive discussions focused on relevant, real-world M&A topics, a negotiation simulation, and hands-on assignments designed to mirror the types of things young M&A lawyers will be asked to do.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites

Students must have previously completed either (1) Law 210, Business Associations or (2) any introductory course on business organizational law/company law taken at another law school as part of a degree program, whether in the United States or abroad. (For the sake of clarity, we assume that foreign LLM students with an interest in corporate, securities, or transactional law have already satisfied option (2) and are therefore automatically eligible to enroll in this course without requiring any pre-authorization.) Students who take this course may not take (or have taken) Law 336, Mergers & Acquisitions at Duke Law.

*Please note that this information is for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon for the schedule for a given semester. Faculty leaves and sabbaticals, as well as other curriculum considerations, will sometimes affect when a course may be offered.