Alternative Dispute Resolution and Transactional Negotiations

Boalt competes regionally in Negotiations in the fall and Mediation in the spring. BOA also sends competitors to an Environmental Negotiations tournament during the spring semester.

COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATION COMPETITION

This competition is a unique opportunity to negotiate with delegations of law students from all around the world on issues in international and humanitarian law. The competition consists of a written (qualifying) round that takes place over the summer, where teams are asked to create a fictional country, articulate policy ideas, and draft treaty language. If the team qualifies for oral rounds, competitors will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Copenhagen, Denmark to negotiate the issue with 7 other teams from around the world.

ABA NEGOTIATIONS COMPETITION

This competition simulates legal negotiations in which students represent clients with detailed legal interests.  The competition focuses on a new area of law every year.  Previous topics have included Family Law, Elder Law, and Labor Law.  Provided fact patterns include all necessary background information; the competition requires no outside knowledge of the law.  Simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to participants representing one particular side.  Participants then represent their clients as they work collaboratively toward a mutually agreeable solution.  The Regional Competition is held in late October or early November.  The location of the competition changes annually, but competitors have traveled to San Diego and Boise in recent years.  Teams that advance in the competition compete again at the national level in February.  Board of Advocates regularly sends two teams of two competitors each.

ABA REPRESENTATION IN MEDIATION COMPETITION

This competition simulates legal mediation scenarios in which students represent clients with detailed legal interests.  The competition focuses on a new area of law every year.  Provided fact patterns include all necessary background information, and the competition requires no outside knowledge of the law.  Simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to participants representing one particular side.  Participants then represent their clients as they work collaboratively toward a mutually agreeable solution.  The Regional Competition is held in the early Spring.  The location of the competition changes annually with competitors often traveling out of state.  Teams that advance in the competition compete again at the national level in April.  Board of Advocates regularly sends two teams of two competitors each. 

CALIFORNIA STATE BAR ENVIRONMENTAL NEGOTIATIONS COMPETITION

This competition simulates legal negotiations in which students represent clients with detailed legal interests.  The competition focuses exclusively on legal issues related to ecology and the environment.  Provided fact patterns include all necessary background information, and the competition requires no outside knowledge of the law.  Simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to participants representing one particular side.  Participants then represent their clients as they work collaboratively toward a mutually agreeable solution.  The competition is held annually during the Spring, in San Francisco.  Board of Advocates regularly sends one team of two competitors.  Unfortunately, positions are not available for 1L students.

SOUTHWEST ENTERTAINMENT LAW NEGOTIATION COMPETITION

This competition simulates legal negotiations in which students represent clients with detailed legal interests.  The competition focuses exclusively on legal issues related to the entertainment industries.  Provided fact patterns include all necessary background information, and the competition requires no outside knowledge of the law.  Simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to participants representing one particular side.  Participants then represent their clients as they work collaboratively toward a mutually agreeable solution.  The competition is held annually during the Fall, in Los Angeles.  Board of Advocates regularly sends two teams of two competitors. 

CLARA BARTON INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW COMPETITION

In 2014, the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition was held in Washington, DC from March 12-15. Unlike most law student competitions, this one involved roleplaying in different war-time scenarios. The Berkeley Law team is coached by Kate Jastram, Lecturer in Residence and Faculty Co-Director of the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. The team's participation is made possible by support from the Miller Institute and the American Red Cross. 

LLM INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRARTION COMPETITION

This event, specifically created for LL.M. students, seeks to foster the study of international arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes and investment disputes. The competition focuses primarily on oral advocacy before a panel of arbitration experts. Participants are required to submit a brief argument outline. Team members must be enrolled in a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program.