Method in the Madness: The Art and Science of Teaching Transactional Law and Skills

Emory University School of Law’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice hosts a biennial conference on the teaching of transactional law and skills.

2016 Conference—Method in the Madness: The Art and Science of Teaching Transactional Law and Skills

June 10-11, 2016
Emory University School of Law
Atlanta, Georgia
Registration fee: $189
Registration is now open 

Call for Proposals

We are accepting proposals immediately, but in no event later than 5 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016.  We welcome proposals on any subject of interest to current or potential teachers of transactional law and skills, focusing particularly on our overarching theme: “Method in the Madness:  The Art and Science of Teaching Transactional Law and Skills.”  

We hope to receive proposals about teaching:  business/corporate law; contract drafting and other transactional drafting; deal skills (interviewing a client, conducting due diligence, negotiating, etc.); business and financial literacy; and ethics and professionalism.

We also welcome proposals about the interplay between teaching transactional law and skills and the ABA’s new experiential learning requirement (Standard 303(a)(3)).  Moreover, with regard to the teaching of transactional law and skills, we would like to hear about your efforts to use technology in the classroom, create meaningful assessment tools, and conduct empirical studies. Please submit the proposal form electronically via the Emory Law website at before 5 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016.

Each session will be approximately 80 minutes long.  We invite you to present your topic individually or with a panel of other participants and we encourage you to make your presentation creative and interactive.  We look forward to receiving your proposals so that we can finalize the Program.

As in prior years, some of the conference proceedings as well as the materials distributed by speakers will be published in Transactions:  The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, a publication of the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law of The University of Tennessee.  

Conference Registration

Both attendees and presenters must register for the Conference and pay the registration fee of $189.00. The registration fee includes a pre-Conference lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m., snacks, and a reception on June 10, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on June 11.  We are planning an optional dinner for attendees and presenters on Friday evening, June 10, at an additional cost of $45 per person. 

Registration is now open for the Conference and the optional Friday night dinner at our Emory Law website at

Travel Arrangements and Hotel Accommodations

Attendees and presenters are responsible for their own travel arrangements and hotel accommodations.  Special hotel rates for conference participants are available at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, less than one mile from the conference site at Emory Law. Subject to availability, rates are $129 per night. Free shuttle transportation will be provided between the Emory Conference Center Hotel and Emory Law.
To make a reservation at the special conference rate, call the Emory Conference Center Hotel at 800.933.6679 and mention “The Emory Law Transactional Conference.”  Note:  The hotel’s special conference rate expires at the end of the day on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

If you encounter any technical difficulties in submitting your proposal or in registering online, please contact Kelli Pittman, Conference Coordinator, at or 404.727.3382.

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