Negotiation Competition


General Information

2015-16 Competition Topic: Information Law

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Team Composition and Membership Requirement

A team consists of two JD candidates attending the same ABA-approved law school (or Canadian LSAC-member 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 members for the current school year to be eligible to compete. In 2015-16 all student memberships are Free! Register your competitors and alternates today. To join, please call the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221 or visit the ABA website at

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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.

Dates / Locations

2015-2016 Negotiation Competition
Dates and Locations

2015-16 Important Dates & Deadlines

Online Registration Opens
June 1, 2015

Entry and Fee Payment Deadline
September 18, 2015

Competitors’ Names & ABA Membership ID Numbers Due
October 9, 2015

Regional Problem Distributed
October 16, 2015

Problem Clarification Requests Deadline
October 23, 2015

Regional Competitions
November 6-7, 2015
November 13-14, 2015
(dates may vary depending on the host school)

National Problem Distributed
January 15, 2016

National Finals (San Diego, CA)
February 5-6, 2016

2016 International Negotiation Competition