Southwestern Negotiation Tournament 2023
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Top Eight Teams Advance to the In-Person Rounds at Southwestern.
January 28, 2023:
— Initial Rounds
The competition will include two initial negotiation rounds held on Zoom. The negotiation rounds will be 40 minutes, followed by a self-evaluation. The top eight teams after both rounds of negotiations will be named the "Negotiation Finalists" and will be invited to California to compete in the finals in person.
February 18, 2023:
— The Finalists
The Negotiation Finalists will negotiate in person at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. All COVID protocols for Los Angeles County and Southwestern Law School must be followed. The Negotiation Finalists will negotiate one problem. The rounds will be 40 minutes, followed by a self-evaluation. The top two teams will advance to the Final Round of the Negotiation Tournament.
— The Champions
The top two teams will compete in the Final Round to determine the Champions of the Negotiation Tournament.
The Negotiation Champions will receive $500 (to be split between the two team members).
The Second Place team will receive $250 (to be split between the two team members).
Cancellation or Modification of Competition
The organizers are entitled to cancel or modify The Negotiation Tournament at any time due to organizational, economic, or other reasons (including, for example, a change in L.A. County COVID Guidelines, force majeure, insufficient number of registrations, etc.). If the competition is canceled by the organizer, all registration fees will be refunded. However, no other expenses (such as travel) will be paid or refunded by the organizers. If a team cancels their registration prior to January 2, 2023, the organizers will refund the team's registration fee, minus 3% for administration costs. Cancellation should be emailed to CKnolton@swlaw.edu If a team cancels their registration after January 2, 2023, no refund of the registration fee will be provided.
Who May Compete?
The competition is open to all J.D. students.
Travel to Los Angeles, California
All teams invited to compete in person in California are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses. The travel expenses are not included in the registration fee. In order to compete in the final rounds in California, competitors must comply with Southwestern's COVID policies in effect at the relevant times. The tournament will follow all COVID guidelines set forth by Los Angeles County and Southwestern Law School. Teams must be present to compete in the final in-person rounds. If teams are not able to travel to California on the dates of the competition, their spot in the final rounds will be given to the next team in the rankings. Although the organizers hope to have eight teams compete in person during the final rounds, the number of finalists or competition location could change depending on the number of competitors who register and the changing circumstances of the pandemic. The dates and times of the competition, including the in-person final rounds, are also subject to change.
Conflict of Interest
Southwestern will not be entering the competition (other than a ghost team if needed).
The rules governing the competition will be sent via email to all registered teams at the time the problems are distributed with a link to them here.