The weekend of November 16 and 17, Pace Law School will host both the Arbitration and the Negotiation Competitions. These regional competitions, part of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association, are designed to provide students with opportunities to sharpen their skills through life-like simulations. Those involved with planning the event know of no other occasion when a law school hosted both regional competitions on the same weekend.
Ten teams will compete in the Arbitration Competition and 24 teams will compete in the Negotiation Competition. The teams, composed of students from area law schools, will be judged by panels of prominent attorneys and judges. Many of the volunteer judges will contribute to one competition in the morning and then switch hats and lend their expertise to the other competition in the afternoon.
Teams in the Arbitration Competition will consist of four JD candidates, classmates at the same law school. In each round, two of the students fill the role of witnesses and two will act as attorneys. After two qualifying rounds, the four winning teams will advance to the semifinals. Two teams will compete in a single elimination round with the winner advancing to the National Finals.
In the Negotiation Competition, teams of two JD candidates will negotiate on behalf of their client to resolve a dispute. As posted on the ABA website, “the regional competition consists of two qualifying rounds with each team negotiating directly against one other team and indirectly against two other teams. After the qualifying rounds, the top four teams advance to the final round. The first place team from each regional competition will advance to the National Finals.”