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Negotiation Competition

The winners of the 2018 Negotiation Competition

Congratulations to the 2017-18 National Champions, Doug Leach and Leah Parrish of McGeorge 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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Negotiation Problems and Final Round Recordings

Negotiation Problems and Final Round Recordings Annual Subscription $25

Recent Negotiation Competition problems the Championship Round recordings are now available for your use. This annual subscription is $25 for access to the 2016-17 and 2015-16 competition problem and recording. Each problem and video may be downloaded and shared within your school.

The problems and videos are intended for educational purposes, for all other uses, please contact Copyrights & Contracts, American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654; phone (312) 988-6102; fax (312) 988-6030; email:

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Negotiation Competition Winners & Finalists

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

2017-2022 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 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

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.

Competition Dates

Find out when and where the Negotiation Competitions will be happening.

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Volunteer to Judge

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