Southwestern formally established the Negotiation Honors Program in 2009 for students who are interested in litigation and wish to delve deeper into transactional practice. Through the program, students hone their negotiation techniques and other important skills they will use every day in practice, helping them to develop the confidence necessary to become effective advocates. Teams participate in least four different negotiation competitions. Program members receive three units for the year. Although the Negotiation Honors Program is new, Southwestern has fielded highly successful individual interscholastic teams for many years in the ABA Negotiation, Client Counseling and Mediation competitions, placing among the top teams in the country.
"Each member of the Negotiation Honors Program sparred with us and/or watched our practice and gave us constructive feedback [before the National Competition]. The team as a whole is unbelievably dedicated."-Timothy Sutton, Evening Program
The official establishment of the Negotiation Honors Program coincided with the launch of Southwestern's new Three-Track Legal Analysis Writing and Skills (LAWS) program, in which first-year students who choose the negotiation track can opt to continue onto further rounds beyond the intramural competition, with the top students earning invitations to interview for the Negotiation Honors Program. A board of governors made up of experienced Negotiation team members coordinates both the intramural competition finals and the interscholastic teams. Professor Cristina Knolton serves as the faculty advisor.
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