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Sharpening Skills to Support New Ventures

Eamon Gallagher, Class of 2013

Eamon GallagherHaving worked briefly as a newspaper reporter and a researcher for a head-hunting firm, Eamon Gallagher came to law school with a keen interest in business.

Through his past experience, Eamon discovered that the best places to find work were often those that recently received funding from venture capital firms. Excited by the abundant possibilities in the start-up world, Eamon hoped to build a career focused on entrepreneurial law.

The law school, which had created a buzz for its innovative approach to teaching transactional lawyering and for launching an unprecedented competition that tests students’ deal-making skills, seemed like a perfect match.

After his first year, Eamon completed an internship in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, which confirmed his interest in transactional law. In the court, Eamon watched the stage craft of the litigation process, convincing him that he wanted to nurture new ventures, not spar over existing ones.

Eamon took part in one of the school’s Transactional LawMeets, immersing him in the atmosphere of a successful deal while testing his negotiating skills.

“I learned so much more from the competition than anything else,” Eamon said. “The feedback was incredibly helpful.”

With interest in law meets spiraling around the country, Eamon is helping create a new advisory board that aims to support like-minded students who see the competitions as opportunities to hone their deal-making skills.

“We’re finding ways to discuss transactional law as students,” he said. “I like the optimism in building something new.”