Frequently asked questions

What is the National IP LawMeet®?

The Meet is the premier interscholastic competition for law students interested in transactional practice with a focus on IP law. Future litigators have scores of "moot court" opportunities that provide them a courtroom experience. The Meet provides future IP business lawyers a taste of "doing deals."

When and where will the Meet be held?

The 2014 National IP LawMeet® will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014. The host schools are University of Pennsylvania Law School and Santa Clara University School of Law. The two top teams from each Regional Meet will participate in a live National Meet on Friday, November 14th at BakerHostetler.

As a law student, how can I participate?

Participating teams are generally selected by a faculty sponsor at each law school. How a faculty sponsor selects team members varies from school to school. While some schools select teams through a faculty sponsor, other schools select teams through student organizations. Similar to Moot Court Boards, many schools are creating Transactional LawMeets® Boards to facilitate practical learning experiences for students interested in a transactional practice. To learn more email us at contact@lawmeets.com

Can LLM students participate on a team?

Yes.

Are there any prerequisites or recommended prior course work for participating in the Meet?

Generally, we assume that team members will have completed their 1L year (although 1L students are free to participate) and have taken the basic business and IP law courses. But there are no required prerequisites. The Meet is open to any interested student. Individual schools may impose additional prerequisite requirements for participation on their teams.

How many members are on a team? How many teams can each law school have?

Each team may have up to three members but only two can participate in any given round. The third may only participate in a given round as an observer. Schools may send up to two teams, but the teams must go to different Regional Meets.

How do teams prepare for the Meet?

All teams will be working on a common IP transactional problem. Each team will be provided with a case statement that sets out the factual background for the problem and introduces the parties to the transaction. Teams will also receive a video recording of an interview with their respective client and will have an opportunity to communicate with their client as they work on the problem. While we may suggest research links, teams generally will be left to find the resources they require on their own.

Are there restrictions on the resources we can use to prepare? How much help can we get?

It is expected that teams will work primarily on their own in drafting the proposed agreement and mark-ups and in preparing for the Meet. Only two team members will be allowed to participate in a round (with the option of having a third member and a faculty advisor observe during each round), and no other person may be present or consulted during a round. Generally, teams are expected to use and rely upon their own, independent work product. Keeping this general principle in mind, there are no restrictions on the outside resources, including outside experts such as practitioners and law professors, that a team may consult in developing their independent work.

How much work is involved? Can I receive course credit?

The time commitment is a decision you and your teammates must make. Past LawMeet® teams have reported spending "hundreds of hours" preparing for the Meet. Many schools offer participants in the Meet course credit (similar to moot court teams). This is a decision of each individual law school and should be discussed with the faculty sponsor. For more information regarding credit.

What exactly will we be required to do?

Each team is required to submit a proposed draft agreement for the transaction. Additionally, each team is required to submit a mark-up of one of the draft agreements submitted by one of the teams they will encounter during the Meet.

What happens at the Meet?

At the Meet, teams participate in "rounds" each one and a half hours in length. Final "rounds" are one hour in length. During the rounds, teams come together to attempt to resolve the open issues and reach an agreement for the benefit of their respective clients. These rounds are conducted before a panel of experts from practice who judge each team’s performance and provide feedback to the teams at the end of each round.

How does a team "win"?

The primary goal of the Meet is to provide each participant a meaningful and engaging simulation of transactional practice. The competition setting provides motivation. The overwhelming response from past participants is that they learned more about transactional practice from the Meet experience than any other law school activity. Our mission is to provide that learning experience. However, we recognize the value of competition. Teams are scored by experts from practice using a system that is a version of an elimination ladder. This system is designed to select the best performing teams from each side.

More information?

The case statement for this year’s Meet will be distributed in September 2013. All registered teams will receive an email with team instructions prior to release of the case statement. In the meantime, if you have any additional questions please feel free to reach us at contact@lawmeets.com.