The Pircher, Nichols & Meeks Joint Venture (JV) Challenge 2022

Friday, March 18, 2022 | 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! 

Students from Berkeley Law, Berkeley-Haas, and the College of Environmental Design will be teamed up on March 18, 2022 at Berkeley Law to negotiate a simulated real estate JV deal prepared by leading real estate law firm Pircher, Nichols & Meeks. Students apply individually and team members will be selected to compete against teams from UCLA (this is an inter-school competition: Cal vs. UCLA). No prior experience in joint venture structuring, real estate finance or similar activities is necessary.

In February, teams will be announced and provided with a real estate deal fact pattern and a list of key legal and business issues.  On Friday, March 18th from 12 PM to 5 PM PST on zoom, teams will attend a fifteen-minute introduction, participate in a two-hour coaching session with lawyer coaches from Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, and then negotiate the issues against opposing teams from UCLA, in front of a panel of judges with significant JV experience who will evaluate each team’s performance. There will also be a Q&A for student participants held on Friday, March 11 from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. 

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 March 4, 2022 to

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


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