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Negotiation Competition

2017 Negotiation Competition Winner
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Congratulations to the 2016-17 National Champions, Mitchell Hamline School of Law (pictured above).

About the Negotiation Competition

The ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition provides a means for law students to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. All of the simulations deal with the same general topic, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition.

Please send any questions to competitions@americanbar.org

Entry Fee:
First Team $325
Second Team $300

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Updates for the 2017-18 season will be available in the fall.

2017-2018 Negotiation Competition Dates and Locations

Entry and Fee Payment Deadline
September 18, 2017

Regional Host Schools

The Negotiation 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 sara.stretch@americanbar.org.

2016-2019 Negotiation 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.

Regional Assignments

Each school will receive official notification of its regional assignment on or before October 5. 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.

If the number of teams registered for a particular region does not equal a multiple of four, the ABA Law Student Division reserves the right to move schools to a different region.

Team Composition

A team consists of two JD candidates attending the same ABA-approved law school negotiating on behalf of their client to resolve a dispute or negotiate an agreement.

The first place team from each regional competition will advance to the National Finals. Additional invitations may be extended.

Competition Dates

Find out when and where the Negotiation Competitions will be happening.

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Membership Requirements

Premium membership in the Law Student Division is more than just competition participation.

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Volunteer to judge the rounds of our negotiation competition.

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