About the Competition
The Negotiation Competition simulates a real negotiation between two parties. Two teams of two students, acting as attorneys, negotiate a problem. The teammates work together to represent their absent clients issues, needs, and problems against the opposing team. Teams work to achieve the best deal for their client and to learn the relevant facts from the opposing team. Competitors are critiqued on their communication skills with co-counsel and opposing counsel, their ability to analyze the problem, and their ability to work well with their teammate. The goal is to demonstrate their skills to a panel of judges.
This competition does not require in-depth knowledge of the substantive law and is open to all students. It offers students their first exposure to negotiation in a "real world" setting. Practitioners act as judges and provide instant feedback to the participants.