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Moot Court: ABA Negotiation School Competition

Limit: 20 students

Note: You cannot enroll in this course if you have taken Negotiations (LAW-466).

Everyone negotiates, and lawyers negotiate more than most people. The purpose of this course is twofold: To study and practice effective negotiating strategies and techniques and to prepare students for the School and Regional ABA Negotiation Competitions.

Students will study materials on negotiation, conduct negotiation simulations, and deliver written and oral critiques of recorded and actual negotiation simulations. This course requires weekly intensive preparation,  teamwork, class discussion and coordination of schedules. The negotiation scenarios simulate legal negotiations in which law students (usually acting as lawyers) negotiate a series of legal problems or observe and critique a negotiation simulation. 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 of the negotiation simulation. While all of the School Negotiation Competition simulations deal with the same general topic, the other simulations before the School Negotiation Competition will explore a variety of legal and ethical issues, facts, negotiation techniques and strategies. 

Class will meet through the School Negotiation Competition on October 6th, 2018.

Given the intensive class structure and schedule (meeting for 4 hours once/week through Saturday September 29th, 2018 and participating in the October 6th, 2018 School Negotiation Competition 8:00am to 6:00pm), the professor will not allow drops or adds after September 7th, 2018.

Class attendance and participation as a member of a single or two-person team in the School Competition is mandatory. Except in the case of an emergency absence, where make up work is completed, any class absence is grounds for receiving a grade of No Credit in the class. 

Between two and six students will be chosen from the School Negotiation Competition to represent the law school at the Regional Negotiation Competition. The Regional Competition will take place either the first to the second weekend in November. The exact location and weekend of the Regional Negotiation Competition is unknown at this time but will be determined by the ABA Law Student Division by October 5th, 2018. 

Students who compete in the Regional Competition are eligible to receive an additional credit hour. The selected students are eligible to add this credit hour after October 6th, 2018. 

The National Competition could either be held in conjunction with the ABA mid-year meeting on January 23-29, 2019 in Las Vegas or around the first weekend in February in Chicago. Any student team that places first in the Regional Competition will be invited to participate in the National Competition. Any student team that places second may be invited to participate in the National Competition. Any students competing in the National Competition will be eligible to enroll for an additional credit hour in the Spring Semester 2019.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students. 

Skills: negotiation, analysis

*Students may not earn more than six (6) credit hours in any one skill area