On-Campus Negotiations Competition

About The Competition

This year’s Fall competition will occur on September 11, 2021!

1Ls are highly encouraged to participate in this event, it is a great way to get started in the Board Of Advocates (BOA) and earn points toward Order of the Barristers.

Competition

In the Negotiations competition, each team will represent a side in a dispute. Each round will build on the previous round providing additional information for each side of the dispute. The “General” facts of the dispute will be sent to the competitors in advance of the competition. The “confidential” facts for each side will be sent ahead of time for round one only. The confidential facts for each subsequent round will be distributed between each round. In each round, the goal is to effectively represent your side and efficiently reach an agreement (though an agreement is not required if the two sides cannot agree).

Logistics

The Negotiations competition will consist of teams of 2 people competing in 2 preliminary rounds and a final round for a total of 3 possible rounds. The 4 teams with the highest scores at the end of the preliminary rounds will compete to determine the winner and runners up.

  • Only one team member may sign up from each team.
    • ***NOTE: If both team members sign up they will be split by the system and will not be able to compete together. For this reason it is critical that ONLY ONE team member sign up per two-person team.
  • Please notify Lance Calicut if you would like to participate but do not have a partner.
  • This Competition will fill up FAST. If waitlisted you will be notified by email.
  • Each side will receive confidential information that will be instrumental in their negotiation.  Competitors will receive this information following registration. (People on the waitlist to compete will only receive this information if they are taken off the waitlist.) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY YOU SHARE YOUR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR TEAMMATE (INCLUDING NON-COMPETITORS). Searching online for the other side’s confidential information is also strictly prohibited. Violating either of these rules will severely interfere with the integrity of the competition and will result in BOA sanctions and a possible referral to the law school’s Honor Council.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Lance Calicut at lcalicut@smu.edu.