SOURCE: Practical Law Company

Practical Law Company

May 05, 2011 08:57 ET

Practical Law Company and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Launch University of Pennsylvania Law School's First-Ever M&A Boot Camp

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - In an effort to provide law students with practical skills training in transactional areas, Practical Law Company (PLC), a provider of online legal know-how for law firms and law departments, and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Drinker Biddle), a nationally recognized law firm with over 600 lawyers, have joined forces to run the University of Pennsylvania Law School's first-ever transactional practice Boot Camp, from May 11-13.

The three-day Boot Camp will introduce Penn Law students to private M&A by taking them through the steps of a typical transaction. Using PLC's how-to materials, the PLC and Drinker Biddle Boot Camp instructors will supervise team exercises, provide the students with feedback and help them build the skills they will need as future corporate associates in law firms.

"The Penn Law Boot Camp is a fantastic way for law students to get hands-on experience with real-life transactional matters and build the skills they'll need prior to joining a firm," says Christine Ritchie, the Head of PLC's law school program. "Penn and other law schools and firms around the country have discovered that Practical Law Company's resources are a great way to bridge the gap between academia and practice."

Drinker Biddle's involvement in the Boot Camp was a natural fit given their innovative apprenticeship program for corporate associate training that the firm implemented nearly three years ago. Scott Connolly and Matthew McDonald, corporate partners in Drinker Biddle's Corporate & Securities Group who helped to design and implement the apprenticeship program, will be Boot Camp instructors, along with other Drinker Biddle attorneys.

"It is great to see a prestigious school like the University of Pennsylvania take this step to help their students better prepare for transactional practice," said Connolly.

Practical Law Company (PLC)provides practical legal know-how for law firms, law departments and law schools. PLC helps attorneys practice more efficiently, reduce costs and provide a better service to clients. Law schools incorporate PLC's resources into their curricula to complement traditional coursework and prepare law students for practice. For more information, visit or call 646.562.3405.

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLPis a national law firm with over 600 lawyers in 11 offices providing client service in areas such as corporate and securities, investment management, commercial litigation, intellectual property, corporate restructuring, health care, real estate, environment and energy, employee benefits and executive compensation, life insurance and annuities, insurance coverage, labor and employment, government and regulatory affairs, communications litigation, products liability and mass tort litigation, and private client services. To learn more about Drinker Biddle's apprenticeship program, read PLC's case study, "Aligning Associate Training with Client Needs."

University of Pennsylvania Law Schoolhas created a cross-disciplinary program that is unrivaled among the leading law schools. Recognizing that lawyers of the future will be well-versed not only in legal tradition but also in the broader fields of our society, Penn Law has embraced its relationship with the finest array of graduate and professional programs in the nation. Visit

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