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Negotiation Competition


Congratulations to the 2020-21 National Champions, Francis Carlota and Jonathan Gonzalez of California Western School of Law. 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.

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2021-2022 Registration Information

The ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition Registration is closed.

These practical skills competitions offer students an opportunity to hone the skills that students will use as a practitioner through intraschool, regional, and national competitions.

All regional and national competitions for 2021-2022 will be held remotely.

Entry and Fee Payment Deadline
September 22, 2021

2021-2022 Regional Topic: First Amendment in an Educational Setting
2021-2022 National Topic: TBD

Entry Fee
First Team: $200
Second Team: $175
Third Team: $175 (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.


2021-2022 Negotiation Competition Dates and Locations


2021-2022 Host Schools

UC Berkeley School of LawWilliam S. Boyd School of LawUniversity of Illinois College of Law
Syracuse University College of LawAmerican University, Washington College of LawUniversity of Maryland - Francis King Carey School of Law
Regent University School of LawUniversity of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis

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

2017-2022 Negotiation Regional Host Rotation Schedule*

*Schools listed in the rotation schedule are not confirmed 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 its first or second choice. For 2021-2022, Since all regionals this year will be held virtually, the usual states assigned to each region will not apply. Preference will be given to teams based on a geographic proximity and a shared time zone with their requested 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.