Environmental Law

Student Negotiations Competition

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The 21st Annual Student Negotiations Competition

The Student Negotiations Competition is back for 2020 and it is scheduled for March 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the UCLA School of Law (385 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095). As always, the first place prize is $1,000 and the second place prize is $500.

The registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

One entry per law school. Check with your school’s academic dean about the selection process for your school. For more information, please contact the Environmental Law Section, environmental@calawyers.org.

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The competition is open to students in all California law schools who have completed their first year of law school. Each law school may enter one team and nominate one alternate team. Teams consist of two students from the same law school. The competition is limited to 20 teams. If more than 20 schools enter teams, California Lawyers Association will select the entrants by lottery to ensure no more than 20 teams participate. If fewer than 20 schools enter teams, more than one team per school may participate. California Lawyers Association will select additional teams from the list of alternates by lottery. Check with your Law School Dean or faculty contact about the selection process for your school.


Each team will be e-mailed a copy of the Statement of Facts, the team’s Confidential Negotiating Instructions, and the Competition Rules on or about February 3, 2020. Each team will participate in two 60 minute preliminary rounds. After a lunch break, four teams will advance to the final round. The advancing teams will receive additional Confidential Instructions prior to the final round.


The winning team will receive a cash prize of $1,000; the second place team, $500. Both the first and second place teams will receive recognition in California Lawyers Association’s Environmental Law Section Newsletter. All students entered in the competition will receive one year’s complimentary membership in the Environmental Law Section. Any other student wishing to join the Section may request a complimentary membership by contacting the Environmental Law Section, Environmental@CALawyers.org.

Registration Information

Each law school must pay a registration fee of $225. Your registration must be received no later than February 12, 2020. Register by e-mail to Environmental@CALawyers.org. You may pay by credit card (Visa/Mastercard ONLY) or by check. Credit card information is mandatory for email registration. Please do not mail your completed form.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received (not postmarked) in writing no later than January 31, 2020. No refunds will be made for cancellations after January 31, 2020.


Students will be judged by a panel of environmental lawyers, judges and professional mediators. Scoring criteria include preparation, execution of strategy, teamwork, outcome, oral presentation, and ethics.

Training Materials

Participating students will be provided with a packet of training materials about environmental negotiations.


We recommend that teams work with faculty members at their schools who specialize in environmental law and/or alternative dispute resolution. Teams that would also like a volunteer attorney mentor should e-mail the Environmental Law Section, Environmental@CALawyers.org on or before January 31, 2020 requesting a mentor. The Environmental Law Section cannot promise that it will be able to assign volunteer mentors to each requesting team.

For More Information

This competition is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of California Lawyers Association. For more information including the Competition Rules, contact the Environmental Law Section at Environmental@CALawyers.org.

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