ABA Negotiation Competition

ABA Negotiation Competition

The ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition promotes greater interest among law students in legal negotiation and provides a means for them 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 in the competition stay within the area of law chosen for the year; the negotiation situations vary with each round and level of the competition adding additional facts.

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New Mexico Court of Appeals Mediator Robert Rambo

Students who are eligible
2L and 3L students only. Team members are required to be an ABA student member. 

Dates and timeline overview
Try out packets come out in mid-September.
The competition takes place in mid-November in Salt Lake City.

Try out details
Each student is to prepare a negotiation outline for both sides of the contract negotiation including:

List the issues to be negotiated from each side’s point of view;
List the interests and needs to be met for each issue for each side;
List options that might meet the interests and needs for each issue for each side. 

The coach reviews the materials and selects the team.

What to expect
After the team is chosen, members will meet to prepare for the competition. The first class will be in early October and may include mock negotiations based on the round one of the intra-school competition problem, if necessary, to choose the year’s team.

The team will meet one night a week beginning in early October and for two hours each weekend (at the time chosen by the students) until the November competition.