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Negotiation Competition


Congratulations to the 2018-19 National Champion, Taylor Calvert of Texas Tech University 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.

Please send any questions to competitions@americanbar…

Registration is currently closed. Check back for registration for 2019-2020!

Entry Fee:
First Team $325
Second Team $300

National Champion

Texas Tech University School of Law
Taylor Calvert

National Second Place

Fordham University School of Law
Maria Lathouris and Sydney Rosenblum


Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana
Haley Ford and Thomas Sean McQuillan

University of Houston Law Center
Patrick Gant and James Dorough-Lewis, Jr.

Host Schools

Michigan State University College of Law New York Law School Pepperdine University School of Law Quinnipiac University School of LawSanta Clara University School of LawUniversity of Houston Law Center Alexander Blewett III School of Law Search Alexander Blewett III School of Law University of Montana

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

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 2018-19 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.