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Congratulations to the 2015-16 National Champions Northwestern University School of Law (pictured above).

Registration for the 2016-17 Negotiation Competition is now closed

Please send any questions to competitions@americanbar.org

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

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

Entry Fee:
First Team $325
Second Team $300

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 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 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 (Miami, FL)
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.

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 http://www.americanbar.org/join.