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Negotiation Competition

2017 Negotiation Competition Winner

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

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About the 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.

2016-17 Negotiation Topic: Business Law

Entry Fee:
First Team $325
Second Team $300

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Negotiation Competition Finalists

Congratulations to all the teams coming to Chicago from Feb. 3-4 for the finals of this year’s Negotiation Competition!

Brigham Young University – J. Reuben Clark Law School
Chapman University School of Law
Columbia University School of Law
Creighton University School of Law
Florida International University College of Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Samford University – Cumberland School of Law
Southwestern Law School
Texas Tech University School of Law
University of California Davis School of Law
University of Georgia School of Law
University of Houston Law Center
University of Maryland School of Law
University of Montana School of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law
University of Oregon School of Law
University of Richmond School of Law
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Western New England School of Law
Western New England College of Law

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

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 compete at the Host School listed for its assigned region.

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.

2016-2017 Negotiation Competition Dates and Locations

2016-17 Host School Dates and Locations

Entry and Fee Payment Deadline
September 19, 2016

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

Regional Problem Distributed
October 14, 2016

Regional Competitions
November 4-6, 2016
November 11-13, 2016
November 18-21, 2016

National Finals (Chicago, IL
February 3-4, 2017

2016 International Negotiation Competition
Co-hosted by the Norwegian Association of Lawyers, the University of Oslo, and others
June 26-July 1, 2017 Oslo, Norway
(U.S. team will need a passport)

Team Composition and Membership Requirement

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.