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Contracts and Transactional Law attorneys plan, draft, negotiate, and execute transactions between individuals, businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and other types of organizations. They usually practice in one area of the law, like healthcare, financial services, technology, transportation, or manufacturing.

Transactional law in each of those practice areas requires the same skills: excellent reading and writing ability; negotiation skills; cultural competence; and a solid understanding of the fundamentals of contract law. Transactional lawyers must also understand the laws and regulations particular to their practice areas, e.g., data privacy in healthcare law.

For more information on contracts and transactional law, see the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar website, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association website, and the Career and Practice Development Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association website.

Job Types Typical Duties
Federal Agencies
  • Draft and regulate government contracts.
State Agencies
  • Draft and negotiate legal contracts for the State of Florida or Florida agencies.
Local Government
  • Draft and negotiate legal contracts for the city or county.
Private Law Firms
  • Draft legal documents.
  • Review contracts.
  • Negotiate contracts.
  • Assist clients in enforcing contracts.
  • Assist clients in obtaining remedies for breach of contract.

Student Organizations

Other Activities

  • Participate in transactional law competitions.

  • Obtain an internship with an attorney or firm who practice Contracts and Transactions Law.

  • Obtain an externship in contracts or transactional law.

  • Participate in the Business Practice Clinic

  • Periodically check Symplicity Job Board for jobs and internships in this field of practice 

Curriculum Considerations

Take a look at the Law Curriculum Mapping Guide to see courses related to a career in contracts or transactional law.  In addition, it will help you identify faculty that you can speak to regarding this area of practice.