Negotiations is a meeting between two legal teams (a team consisting of two participants), on behalf of their respective clients, with the intention of resolving a dispute.Negotiations are important in the legal sphere, since if performed successfully it can result in litigation being avoided. The Negotiations Competition help develop the competitor’s creativity, problem solving, communication skills and team work which re relevant to any career, providing practical experience not acquired in the core law subjects.
UNSW Law Society offers three Negotiations Competitions based on the competitor’s skill and level.

Registration Link for All Competitions

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Beginners Negotiation

Registration for the Herbert Smith Freehills Beginners Negotiations competition practice round will open during mid-semester break of semester 1.

Registration for the main competitive rounds will open at the end of semester one. Students may choose to register alone or with a partner. A compulsory workshop will be held at UNSW for the competitive rounds in semester 2.

This competition aims to develop the practical dispute resolution abilities of students in a simulated, real-world negotiation environment, applicable to practice across all areas of the law. The Competition is open to first year UG and JDs.

If you have any questions please contact William Goh and Lauren Stinson at

Intermediate Negotiation

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the Clayton Utz Intermediate Negotiations Competition 2016 + Workshop!

The ability to negotiate in an effective strategic manner is an invaluable skill in the practice of law, and for your personal lives. The competition provides an engaging platform for you to develop strategic planning and soft skills.

The fact scenarios will enable you to interact with problems involving wide-ranging areas of law; with the focus being on your ability to analyse these problems in the context of the relationship between the parties and their interests, rather than simply looking at the legal component of the problem.

UNSW has the great privilege of having Dr Rosemary Howell as the architect of our Masters of Dispute Resolution Program. Rosemary has decades of experience in the practice of Appropriate Dispute Resolution [the preferable term of the acronym ADR], and also provides dispute resolution training to a wide range of organisations including The Commonwealth Bank and the ACCC.

Rosemary will be running the COMPULSORY training workshop, which at least one member of each partnership must attend, on Monday 1 August [Week 2] 6-8pm.

Register for the Competition and Workshop here:

Compulsory training workshop: [Week 2] Monday 1 August 6-8pm
Round 1 : Weeks 4-6
Round 2: Weeks 7-8
Quarter- Finals: Week 9
Semi- Finals: Week 10
Grand Final: Week 11

Always here for your questions and comments, and very much looking forward to watching your progress,

Advanced Negotiation

Offered to third year students and above