• UK’s top student negotiators to go head to head at the University of Law in York

    20 March 2013

    The University of Law in York will welcome the UK’s toughest student negotiators this weekend as it plays host to the finals of the national Negotiation Competition.

    Twelve teams from law schools around the country will battle for first place in a contest to measure their negotiation skills, taking place at the Bishopthorpe centre on Saturday (March 23).

    They are vying for the chance 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 twelve teams successfully beat off competition from more than 70 teams from nationwide law schools in a series of regional heats in February.

    The University of Law is represented in the final by three teams, two from its London Bloomsbury centre and one from its Guildford centre. The other institutions to reach the final are the universities of Northumbria, Hull, Plymouth, Sussex, Wolverhampton, Winchester and Exeter.

    The Negotiation Competition is sponsored by CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) with the support of The University of Law.
    Teams are 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. The judges are made up of local solicitors, barristers, civil servants and business people.
    Paul Aber, Director of the University of Law in York, said: “It is very important in today's global market that would-be lawyers have the know-how and skill-set to negotiate effectively across contexts, cultures and national boundaries. The Negotiation Competition is an excellent forum for profiling this skill and we are looking forward to welcoming the very best student negotiators in the country to York for the national final.”

    The University of Law is the largest provider of professional legal education and training in Europe and has eight centres across the UK. Formerly known as The College of Law it was awarded university title in November.

    Further information:
    Lucy Wray, Public Relations Manager, The University of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@law.ac.uk)