International Negotiation Competition launches

Law students from around the country will be vying for a place in the International Negotiation Competition this weekend.

The heats of the national Negotiation Competition will feature more than 70 teams from law schools in England and Wales. Teams will compete for a place in the national final in March and the chance to represent England and Wales at the international final at Chapman University School of Law, California in July.

This Saturday, 9 February, teams will negotiate transactions or resolve disputes for fictional clients. They will be judged on the outcome of their two negotiations, their level of preparation, their flexibility, teamwork and ethical standards and their relationship with the team they are negotiating with.

Students from the University of Bristol, University of Exeter, University of Southampton, University of Leeds, University of Northumbria and College of Law (CoL) are among those taking part.

The national final was won last year by a team from CoL’s York centre.

Paul Aber, CoL’s York centre director, said: “Most disputes involving lawyers do not end up in the courts. Instead they are settled by a compromise between the parties – a negotiated agreement. Getting the best deal for the client often involves skilful negotiation on the part of lawyers.

“This competition gives students the opportunity to hone their skills and test them against the best in the country.”

The judges are local solicitors, barristers, business professionals and academics.

Read Lawyer2B’s guide to dispute resolution.