3L Ryan Shellooe competes in the The Closer National Transactional Law Competition

Ryan Shellooe competes in The Closer

Ryan Shellooe (3L) competed in the The Closer National Transactional Law Competition at Baylor University School of Law in Waco, TX on January 11-14, 2024. He was coached by Professor Carla L. Reyes.

The Closer is an invitation-only competition, and schools are selected to participate based on the strength of their business law programs. Shellooe represented Hotel 1928, a boutique hotel owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, in the negotiation of an event buyout agreement.

“The Closer is a whole new class of competition. What most impressed me about The Closer is the way that the problem required participants to not only understand the deal and the client’s related business needs, but also how to map those to a contract draft and how the provisions of that draft related to one another. The resulting negotiations resemble the real-world practice of deal lawyers more closely than any other competition I have ever seen.” - Professor Carla L. Reyes