The Berkeley Law ADR/Negotiations Team currently competes in seven different competitions, and in six of those competitions, we send two teams for a total of 13 competition teams. The competitions simulate transactional negotiations or mediation, and involve diverse areas of law, including environmental, intellectual property, and sports law. The Berkeley Law ADR/Negotiations Team wins. A lot. It is not unusual for the team to place in the top three in every competition in which it competes. As with the other Board of Advocates branches, tryouts are very competitive. Typically less than half of the students who tryout make it on the team.
For information about tryouts, please click here. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the ADR/Negotiations Team Student Directors, at BerkeleyADR@gmail.com. Please note that the competitions listed below are subject to change from year to year.
American Bar Association Negotiations Competition
The American Bar Association Law Student Division Negotiations Competition provides a means for law students to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. 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. Participants then represent their clients as they work collaboratively toward a mutually agreeable solution. All of the simulations deal with the same general topic, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition. The competition focuses on a new area of law every year. Previous topics have included family law, elder law, and labor law. Teams that advance in the regional competition compete again at the national level. We send two teams composed of two students each. The problem is released in mid-October with the regional competition held in mid-November and the national competition in early February. The work is concentrated in late October and early November, with additional work in January if the students advance to the final round.
California State Bar Environmental Negotiations Competition
The California State Bar Environmental Negotiations 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. 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. We send two teams composed of two students each. The problem is released in early February with the competition held in mid-March. The workload is concentrated in February and early March.
National Sports Law Negotiation Competition
The National Sports Law Negotiations Competition was created by sports and academic professionals with the goal of preparing law students to enter the legal community. The fact patterns for the competition are modeled toward current issues in the sports industry, allowing students to focus on more than one area of sports law, including contract negotiation, trading of players, salary demands, endorsement contracts, family and personal issues, and intellectual property. Student competitors negotiate fictional disputes in an academic setting in front of a panel of judges. We send two teams of two students to this competition. The fact pattern is released in August and the competition is held in late September. The workload is concentrated early in the Fall semester, so this is an ideal competition for students with some prior experience or coursework.
The Negotiation Challenge
The Negotiation Challenge was founded in 2007 as the first international negotiation competition in Europe and one of only few international negotiation competitions in the world. The primary idea behind The Negotiation Challenge (TNC) is to gather world’s best student negotiators and allow them to compare their negotiation skills and by doing so prepare for the complex negotiations they will face after graduation. During the event, the students from world’s leading universities compete with each other in realistic negotiation situations. Participating in TNC offers a great opportunity to experience diverse ways of negotiation and to meet and network with students from various countries with different backgrounds and cultures all sharing the passion for negotiation. We send one team to this competition. The bulk of the work occurs in March and April.
The Startup LawMeet is the premier interscholastic competition for students interested in a transactional practice involving entrepreneurial companies. The competition is designed to give students hands-on experience to develop their transactional lawyering skills. The primary goal is to provide each participant a meaningful and engaging simulation of working with a startup company and its legal issues. The challenges each team will face will require an understanding of the corporate, securities, tax and lawyering issues faced by an entrepreneurial venture. The Startup LawMeet consists of two rounds: the Qualifying Rounds and the National Championship Rounds. The Qualifying Rounds will be held virtually over a twelve- week period beginning in December. Twelve teams will be selected in the Qualifying Rounds to advance to the National Championship Rounds, which are held in March. We typically sends two teams of two people to this competition. Berkeley Law’s participation is made possible by the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy.
American Bar Association Representation in Mediation Competition
The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Law Student National Representation in Mediation Competition is designed to acquaint the law student participants with advocacy skills in alternative dispute resolution processes, specifically mediation. This competition simulates legal mediation scenarios in which students represent clients with detailed legal interests. The competition measures how well law students model appropriate preparation for and representation of a client in mediation. 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 focuses on a new area of law every year. Teams that advance in the regional competition compete again at the national level. We send two teams composed of two students each. The problem is released in early February with the regional competition held in late February and the national competition in April. The workload is concentrated in February, with additional work in March if the students advance to the final round.
International Law School Mediation Tournament
Every year the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution sponsors an international law school mediation tournament. Participation in this tournament continues to increase every year, especially the participation of international schools. Law schools from Canada, Great Britain, and Germany regularly attend. The tournament provides law students with the opportunity to learn about various forms and techniques used in mediation, as well as the opportunity to practice their mediation skills in friendly competition with other students from around the world. Teams of three students each go through three preliminary rounds serving as mediators, advocates, and clients. We send two teams of three students each. The problem is released in February with the competition held in early or mid-March. The work is concentrated in February and early March.