The Pircher, Nichols & Meeks Joint Venture (JV) Challenge 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021 | VIRTUAL COMPETITION

A great opportunity to gain practical experience in business transactions and finance, enhance your resume, work with peers in the law, business and environmental design schools, and compete for $3,000 in prize money! Join us at an information session (date TBD) to learn more about the competition. 

Students from Berkeley Law, Berkeley-Haas, and the College of Environmental Design will be teamed up on March 5, 2021 at Berkeley Law to negotiate a simulated real estate deal prepared by leading real estate law firm Pircher, Nichols & Meeks. Students apply individually and team members will be selected to compete against a team from UCLA. No prior experience in joint venture structuring, real estate finance or similar activities is necessary.

In early February, teams will be announced and provided with a real estate deal fact pattern and a list of key legal and business issues.  On March 5th from 12pm to 5pm on zoom, teams will attend a one-hour overview presentation on real estate JVs, participate in a two-hour coaching session with a lawyer coach, and then negotiate the issues against opposing teams,  in front of a panel of judges with significant JV experience who will evaluate each team’s performance.

If you’re interested, please apply by emailing (a) a resume, (b) a statement of interest (2-3 sentences on why you are interested in the competition), and (c) a commitment of availability by February 5, 2021 to Alexandra Diamant at

Co-sponsored by the Board of Advocates and the Berkeley Business Law Journal. 


2019 Q&A Webinar with coaches William Jackson and Michael Soejoto from Pircher, Nichols and Meeks.