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Preventing Trials and Tribulations — Student Success Story

Kristen Capriotti, Class of 2017

Kristen Capriotti

As a college student who majored in Finance, Kristen Capriotti always wanted a career that would help people in the business world realize their dreams.

“I like the idea of preventing problems rather than fixing them after they’ve happened,” Kristen said, explaining her decision to go to law school.

Concentrating in Business and Entrepreneurship Law is allowing Kristen to do just that.

“You get to understand somebody’s business and what they need, and figure out how to translate that into a document,” she said.

Professor Karl Okamoto’s Transactional Lawyering class required Kristen and her classmates to put their skills on display negotiating simulated deals with attorneys at Drinker Biddle, one of the nation’s leading law firms that has offices coast to coast and in Europe.

“It was nice to see that we could hold our own,” Kristen said of the experience she gained as a second-year student.

Kristen got even more firsthand experience in transactional law through a co-op placement at Drinker Biddle that allowed her to do a lot of the research and background work that makes a deal succeed. It was a great opportunity both to gain experience with business transactions and to make a favorable impression on seasoned lawyers.

After spending a year working with a boutique firm that represents startups, she moved on to Reed Smith, a globally ranked firm with offices across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Now Kristen works on the very tasks that help businesses thrive: mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital and growth equity transactions, corporate formation and governance.