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245 sec. 4 - Negotiations (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Rochael Soper  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Th 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 10

Course Start: August 23, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49613

Primarily through interactive discussion, skill-building exercises and role play ("learning by doing"), the course covers alternative approaches to negotiation and the requisite skills associated with each. The course explores adversarial versus collaborative negotiation, the tensions between distributive and integrative bargaining, and best practices for effective negotiation in a variety of contexts, with different personalities. Students negotiate mock problems against each other based on a prepared set of facts. Negotiations are reviewed by group discussion and one videotape review. Among the topics addressed are: preparation and client counseling; tactics and countermeasures, including first offer and demand patterns as well as concession strategies; communication skills, including, questioning, and active listening; psychological barriers to conflict resolution; competitive v. cooperative styles and techniques; and ethical issues.

Enrollment is limited to 16 students. Students who have taken Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating (244.5)) will not be admitted.

Due to the use of simulation exercises throughout the semester and the need to determine members of the class as soon as possible, the usual provisions of "Drop/Add" do not apply. All interested students, whether enrolled or on the wait list, should attend the first session at which time enrollment will be confirmed. If you have questions, contact Jessica Notini by telephone (925) 938-5011, or by e mail at

Adjunct Professor Rochael Soper has been negotiating commercial transactions since 1998 and teaching negotiations since 2008. She currently serves as Outside General Counsel for international design firm IDEO LLC. She is a 1997/98 (JD/LLM) graduate of Duke Law School in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently writing a book on Zen and negotiation.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: None
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

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  • Bargaining for advantage
    G. Richard Shell
    Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
    ISBN: 9780143036975
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $6.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Beyond Winning
    Robert H. Mnookin, Scott R. Peppet, Andrew S. Tulumello,
    Publisher: Belknap Press
    ISBN: 9780674012318
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 5.62
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Getting to Yes
    Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, Bruce Patton,
    Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
    ISBN: 9780143118756
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 6.08
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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