Invitational competition

The Wayne State Jaffe Transactional Law Invitational invites students from schools around the country to compete in a drafting and negotiating competition hosted by Wayne Law.


The Invitational provides students with the opportunity to develop drafting, negotiating, and counseling skills, with teams representing either the buyer or seller in a complex acquisition. Throughout the winter semester, one to two teams from different schools will focus on drafting and revising a transactional agreement as well as completing a mark-up of opposing counsel's draft. Finally, the teams from each law school will come together to participate in a day of live negotiations. Each team will compete in two rounds of negotiations. A group of Metro Detroit M&A attorneys will judge both the drafts and the negotiation sessions. Following each negotiation session, the judges will provide each team with individualized feedback and determine which teams represented their clients the most effectively based on various guidelines.

Prior competitors

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Charleston School of Law
  • Emory University School of Law
  • LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of San Diego Law School
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Wayne State University Law School
  • William & Mary Law School

2023 Invitational 

If you believe your school would be interested, please reach out to the student chairpersons or Prof. Zacks (, or complete the registration form below. Student chairpersons for the 2022-23 school year are Andrew Vailliencourt (, Muhammad Siwani (, Muhannad Ujayli (, and Trevor Lloyd (

For teams registered to compete in the regional Wayne State Jaffe Transactional Law Invitational, the tentative problem release date is Friday, January 13, 2023. The tentative competition date is Friday, March 24, 2023.

Generally, the competition is hosted in Southfield, Michigan, at the offices of Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss P.C., our competition sponsor. We will provide updates on the logistics of the competition periodically to ensure teams from outside of the Metro Detroit area have sufficient time to coordinate travel.


If your school is interested in competing in the Invitational, please submit this sign-up form and a student chairperson will be in touch. Submitting this form indicates you are applying for a spot in the competition, not that a spot is guaranteed.

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If unknown at the moment, please write "TBD"