The Clayton Utz Negotiation Competition

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.


Alternative dispute resolution, such as Negotiation, is playing a greater role in legal practice and provides some essential skills that can aid legal practitioners in representing their clients. As a competition, negotiation simulates an alternative conflict resolution between two teams as they attempt to negotiate a just and fair outcome for mock clients. Students are judged on how well they represent their client’s needs, how well they work as a team and how well they communicate with the opposing team. Participating in the Negotiation Competition provides the opportunity to enhance your law school education, meet new people and gain invaluable hands on experience that will aid you in your future law career!

WHAT: Negotiation Competition.

WHERE: Level 4 University House, City Campus

WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings

WHO: Open to all UNLSA members.

TEAMS: Consist of two students.



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Questions will be sent at least two days in advance for each round.

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!

For further information, please contact the Directors of Competitions (Skills), Ness Bailey and Alex Winn, at



Past winners

Murray Taylor and Laura Waterford
Monique Nash and Alex Winn
Junior: Rebecca Giles and Samantha Baldwin
Senior: Katrina Hogan and Daniel Bullock
Laura Bereicua and Kia Daley

Dheny Raw and Barbara Townsend
Joel Davis and Adam Ray

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