In today’s fast paced world over 90% of legal disputes are being settled outside of court using various forms of assisted dispute resolution such as negotiation. This statistic makes the perfection of the subtle art of negotiation an essential skill for all lawyers to possess in order to thrive in both the private and public sectors.
Negotiation at a university competition level helps students to acquire and develop a variety of skills such as listening, communicating, teamwork, research and self evaluation. Each negotiation runs for 30 minutes with additional time allowed for individual team reflection and evaluation and feedback with the judges. Each round should therefore last for approximately one hour.