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Arbitration Competition

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2015-2016 Winners and Finalists

On Jan. 22 and 23, 2016, the regional champions in the 2015-2016 ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition gathered in Chicago to battle it out and crown the overall winner. This year’s topic was data security breach. The winners were from Mississippi College School of Law (pictured above). Full results»

Regional Host Schools

2016-2017 Regional Host schools will be posted as dates and locations are finalized throughout the summer.

2016-2019 Arbitration Regional Host Rotation Schedule

Schools listed in the rotation schedule are not confirmed hosts until they are listed in the Dates and Locations section below.

The Arbitration Competition depends on law schools to host the regional competitions. To create a fair rotation of this responsibility we have created the Host Rotation Schedule and assigned participating schools to upcoming years. Please review this rotation to see when your school is assigned to host. If you cannot host in the year assigned, please contact

About the Competition

The ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition promotes greater knowledge in arbitration by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing. Participants prepare and present an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations. Experience what it is to be a professional, competent, and ethical advocate.

2016-17 Arbitration Topic: Sharing Economy Law

Registration will be open June 1, 2016 through September 19, 2016

Entry Fee:
First Team $600
Second Team $550

Competitor Names are due by October 11, 2016. Please verify your competitor’s ABA Memberships are active before completing the Competitor Name Form (coming soon).

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Regional Assignments

Once all the locations are finalized, each registered law school will be given the opportunity to rank their regional preference for Host Schools. The Law Student Division will use its best efforts to assign each school to its first or second choice. Priority will be given to those schools in geographic proximity of their first or second choice. Any School who does not complete the form will be assigned as space is available.

Each school will receive official notification of its regional assignment. Participants should not make travel plans until they have received their official regional assignment from the ABA Law Student Division and confirmation of the competition dates from the regional Host School.

2016-2017 Arbitration Competition Dates and Locations

Host Dates and Locations will be posted as they are finalized throughout the summer.

Entry and Fee Payment Deadline
September 19, 2016

Competitors’ Names & ABA Membership ID Numbers Due
October 11, 2016

Regional Problem Distributed
September 20, 2016

Regional Competitions
November 4-6, 2016
November 11-13, 2016

National Finals (Chicago, IL)
January 20-21, 2017

Team Composition and Membership Requirement

A team consists of four JD candidates attending the same ABA-approved law school. Two students play the lawyers and two students play the witnesses for their side in each round. The lawyers and witnesses may change their roles from round to round but must keep their same roles in a round.

The first place teams from each semi-finals will advance to Finals.

All competition participants are required to be ABA Law Student Division Premium members for the current school year to be eligible to compete. Membership is $25 for the year. To join, please call the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221 or visit the ABA website at