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Negotiation Competition

Southwestern Law School

Congratulations to the 2019-20 National Champions, Vanessa Barnett and Tamar Chobanian of Southwestern Law School. Full results»

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…

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2019-20 Negotiation Competition Dates and Locations

2019-20 Topic: Family Law

Entry Fee:
First Team $325
Second Team $300
Third Team $300 (if space is available)

*All schools may register up to two teams before the registration deadline and may request a third team that will be allowed where space is available. Notices about which requested third teams will be able to compete will be sent out early October. The registration fee for each approved third team will be due within one week of receiving the notification.

Negotiation Problems and Final Round Recordings

Recent problems and final round recordings are also now available at no cost. These resources may be downloaded and shared within your school for educational purposes. Downloadable and viewing links can be found here.

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Tips for Hosting a Successful Negotiation Regional Competition

Negotiation Competition Winners & Finalists

Regional Host Schools Rotation

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….

2017-2022 Negotiation Regional Host Rotation Schedule*

*Schools listed in the rotation schedule are not confirmed hosts. Please see the 2019-20 Negotiation Competition Dates and Locations for this year’s hosts.

Regional Assignments

Each school will receive official notification of its regional assignment in early October. The Law Student Division will use its best efforts to assign each school to the Host School located in its geographic region as listed on the Host Rotation Schedule. If you would like to compete in another region please email competitions@americanbar….

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.

Competition Format & 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. At the regional competitions, each team will compete in two preliminary rounds and the top four teams will advance to the final round. The first place team from each regional competition will advance to the National Finals. Additional invitations may be extended.