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Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

The Center for Practice supports learning in negotiation and dispute resolution, and works with the law student Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) club to insure that students have opportunities to gain practice experience in negotiation and dispute resolution strategies and skills inside and outside of the classroom. Some of these opportunities are described below.

American Bar Association Competitions
Each fall, UC Law participates in the American Bar Association Negotiation competition. All JD students are eligible to participate in our internal competition to select the teams who will represent UC Law at the regional level. Experienced local attorneys judge the local competition and provide feedback to all, the selected teams are then coached by faculty in preparation for the ABA’s regional competition.

In 2013, UC Law hosted the Mid-West Regional ABA Negotiation Competition for 20 teams from 10 law schools across the region. In recent years, UC Law students have twice won at the regional level of the Negotiation competition. UC Law teams have also twice won the similar National Representation in Mediation Competition, sponsored by the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.

Other Regional, National, and International Competitions
During the spring semester, working in collaboration with the Center for Practice, the ADR Club selects other negotiation and dispute resolution competitions of interest and also selects our student teams. In recent years, UC Law students have participated in a transactional negotiation competition and a baseball arbitration competition (working with our Sports Law Club). Recently, UC Law also participated in the prestigious International Vis Arbitration competition. All student competitors who represent UC law in these competitions are coached by experienced faculty or attorneys.