The 2021 competition

The competition has now ended. Please contact us using the Enquiry Form if you would like to register your interest for the 2022 Competition. 

Improving Negotiation Standards for Law Students

For over ten years, CEDR has been sponsoring and organising the annual National Student Negotiation Competition, in collaboration with the University of Law.

The competition pits pairs of law students from across universities in England, Scotland and Wales against each other to negotiate a series of challenging fictional scenarios.

There are initial regional finals of the competition and then those winners progress to the national finals. The winning team travels to an international championship. CEDR offer the winners of the regional finals a one-day negotiation skills training course, giving them even more tools to use as they compete in the final.

During the heats, teams will be ranked on their performance by professional lawyers, businesspeople and academics, as well as being scored in eight categories.

These categories are:

  • Negotiating Planning
  • Teamwork
  • Relationship Between the Negotiating Teams
  • Information Gathering
  • Bargaining
  • Outcome
  • Negotiation Ethics
  • Self-Analysis
  • The competition is open to all students currently studying for an undergraduate, postgraduate or professional qualification in law or an aligned area at an institution in England, Scotland or Wales. Students studying in Northern Ireland are not eligible, as separate competitions are run in those countries.
  • Teams must be entered on behalf of their institution, and must be endorsed accordingly.
  • Students who have previously reached the National Final may not re-enter the competition.
  • Students may also not enter the competition on more than two occasions (regardless of outcome).
  • Each institution may enter up to two teams for the competition, with each team consisting of two members.

This year's competition has now ended. Please use the Enquiry button above to register your interest in next year's event.

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