Law Student National Representation in Mediation Competition

About the Representation in Mediation Competition

The competition introduces law student participants to the challenges of representing clients in mediation. The judging criteria reward those participants who use an effective combination of (i) advocacy and (ii) problem-solving. Advocacy in mediation means that lawyers should advocate for their client’s interests with the mediator. Problem-solving in mediation means that the negotiating attorneys must learn about each other’s clients’ interests and BATNA (Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement), use objective standards, brainstorm options, and select and shape a solution that meets their interests. Participants must balance their clients’ interests with the goal of achieving an effective settlement.

Entry Fee

The registration costs for the 2019-2020 Competition are as follows:

One team: $350.00
Two teams: $650.00

The registration fee for host schools is waived

Join the Competition Connect Community for Regular Updates

Join the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition Connect Community for updates about the competition schedule, rules, registration, and more. You do not need to be an ABA member to join the community but you will need to create an ABA login. View the ABA Connect Community for the Representation in Mediation Competition.

Competition Rules and Guidelines

The 2020 Competition Rules will be posted by September 15, 2019.

In the meantime, view the 2019 Competition Rules


Registration for the 2019-2020 competition will open on September 15, 2019, assuming eight regional host locations are confirmed by that date.

Regional Host Rotation of Schools

The ABA is currently recruiting regional host schools for the 2019-2020 Competition. View the list of past regional hosts.

National Finals

The National Finals will be held in conjunction with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference. The 2020 National Finals will be held in New Orleans on April 22-23, 2020.

Regional Assignments

Each school will receive official notification of its regional assignment soon after the registration deadline. This competition does not have geographic boundaries. Teams are placed in regionals based on priority. Schools that have hosted a competition within the past five years have priority placement.

Participants should not make travel plans until they have received their official regional assignment from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution staff and confirmation of the competition dates from the regional Host School.

Competition Format & Team Composition

A team consists of two law students. At the regional competitions, each team will compete in two preliminary rounds and the top two teams will advance to the final round. The first place team from each regional competition will advance to the National Competition. Additional invitations may be extended.

National Competition

For information on how to volunteer as a Competition Judge or Mediator at the Nationals that will be held in conjunctions with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, click here.

Law Student Division Competitions

For more information about other ABA Law Student Competitions click here.

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