• UK’s top student negotiators to do battle at The College of Law

    31 January 2013

    Some of the country’s toughest negotiators will be descending on The College of Law’s centres in Bristol, Chester, Guildford and York as it plays host to the regional heats of the national Negotiation Competition next weekend.

    More than 70 teams from law schools around the UK will be going head to head in contests to measure their negotiation skills. 

    They are battling for a place in the national final in March and the chance to go on to represent England and Wales in The International Negotiation Competition taking place at the Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California in July.

    The national competition is sponsored by CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) with the support of The College of Law.

    During the regional heats on Saturday, February 9 the teams will be tasked with negotiating transactions or resolving disputes on behalf of fictional clients. They are judged on the outcome of two negotiations, assessing how prepared they are, their flexibility, teamwork, ethics and their relationship with the opposing team.

    As well as The College of Law other law schools taking part include the universities of Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Southampton, Winchester, Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Northumbria, Leicester, Staffordshire and East Anglia.

    The national final was won last year by a team from The College of Law’s York centre, which will be hosting this year’s national final on March 23. 

    Paul Aber, the College’s York centre director, said: “Most disputes involving lawyers do not end up in the courts. Instead they are settled by a compromise between the parties – a negotiated agreement. Getting the best deal for the client often involves skilful negotiation on the part of lawyers.

    “It is therefore vital that law students develop their negotiation skills early on and for this reason many law schools, like The College of Law, have made this a key part of their legal skills teaching. This competition gives students the opportunity to hone their skills and test them against the best in the country.”
       
    The judges are made up of local solicitors, barristers and business people as well as academic staff from universities taking part in the competition and College of Law tutors.

    The College of Law is the largest provider of professional legal education and training in Europe and has eight centres across the UK. In November it was awarded university title and will be rebranding as The University of Law early this year.

    Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)

    More information on the Negotiation Competition is available at www.cedr.com/skills/competition