The Clayton Utz Negotiation Competition

Clayton Utz

Semester One

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.

The UNLSA provides all students with the opportunity to compete in the negotiation competition, allowing them to build the skills that will contribute to their competence as lawyers, all while challenging themselves in new and varying areas of the law.

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 The Clayton Utz Negotiation Competition 2014

If you’ve had years of practice arguing with parents and siblings and always managed to come out on top, now’s the time to put your skills to the test in the Clayton Utz Negotiation Competition 2014!

The Negotiation Competition simulates an alternative dispute resolution between teams as they attempt to negotiate a just and fair outcome for mock clients.

WHAT: Negotiation Competition.

STRUCTURE: Two Preliminary Rounds, Quarter Final, Semi Final and Grand Final.

WHERE: Breakout Rooms on Level 4 of University House, King St, Newcastle.
WHO: Open to all UNLSA members.

TEAMS: Consist of two students.

WHEN: The Competition will run from 5:30 p.m. onward on Monday and Tuesday nights (possibly Wednesday night as well if required). Teams may email the Directors prior to a timetable for each round being issued to indicate their preferred night or time. However, please note that it may not always be possible to accommodate team availabilities.

Competition Rounds will take place in Weeks 4 (Preliminary Round 1), 5 (Preliminary Round 2), 6 (Quarter Finals), 8 (Semi-Finals), and 10 (Grand Final). All teams will participate in the Preliminary Rounds, with eliminations occurring thereafter.

Questions will be sent at least three days in advance for the first round, and one week in advance for all subsequent rounds.
REGISTRATION: You can register here. Registration closes Week 3 (Tuesday 18th of March at 12 p.m.)

PRIZE: All competitors will receive a certificate and the chance to represent the UNLSA at the 2014 Australian Law Students’ Association Conference!

WORKSHOP: There will be a Competitions Workshop on Tuesday 18 March at 5:30p.m. in SRG01. All competitors are encouraged to attend.

Negotiation is a great opportunity for you to meet new people, enhance your law school education and gain practical skills that will benefit your future law career!


If you don’t want to compete but would still like an insight into how the competition works, we are also calling for volunteers to keep time. All volunteers will receive a certificate of participation.


For further information, please contact the Directors of Competitions (Skills) at!



Slides from the 2013 Competitions Workshop on Negotiation can be accessed here.

2012 winners

Junior: Rebecca Giles and Samantha Baldwin
Senior: Katrina Hogan and Daniel Bullock 

Past winners

2011 Laura Bereicua and Kia Daley
Dheny Raw and Barbara Townsend
2009 Joel Davis and Adam Ray

Past Promotion

Contact Director of Competitions (Skills)