The 2021 competition

CEDR will be running the National Student Negotiation Competition 2021 virtually in February and March 2021. 
See details below for how to enter.

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

CEDR will again be providing all entered students with access to webinars in the skills of negotiation. These are designed to give all students, whatever their level of experience, the opportunity to hone their skills in advance of the competition.

CEDR will also be offering a free day’s training session in negotiation for the competition finalists  to allow them to develop advanced skills. We will also offer further support to the winning team to prepare them for the International Competition.

  • 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.
  • Each team entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of £42 (£35 + VAT) per team.
  • Entries do not need to be made with the names of the team members to apply but we will require the names of individual team members 
  • Please note that the Faculty Representative will be the individual who receives all communications from CEDR.

In order to register your team please go to the 'Register Your Place' button below which will then take you to the payment page. Once you have made a successful payment, you will be automatically redirected to the Contact Form* where you must enter all of the details about your entry.


*If a different department is making payment and you need to access the Contact Form directly then please go here. However, please note we will only accept entries following successful payment.


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