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November 04, 2020

Seven law schools host ABA’s Law Student Arbitration Competition

CHICAGO, Nov. 3, 2020 – The American Bar Association Law Student Division’s regional virtual Arbitration Competition, which promotes greater knowledge in arbitration by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing, was hosted by seven law schools: University of Florida Levin College of Law; University of South Dakota School of Law; Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center and Albany Law School; Michigan State University College of Law and St. Mary’s University School of Law hosted jointly.

Participants prepare and present an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations.

The Law Student Division relies on schools to carry out these distinguished opportunities for students. Each host works diligently to provide a high level of professionalism and excellence to aid in the students’ future success. This year’s video conferencing regional Arbitration Competition brought together law students from around the U.S. Winning teams will have the opportunity to compete in the National Finals to be held virtually in January.

ABA competitions teach law students real-world legal skills in a simulated practice environment. Judges for the competitions include volunteer attorneys and sitting members of the bench. This year, over 1,300 students from 156 law schools participated in one or more of the competitions sponsored by the Law Student Division.

The Law Student Division coordinates four practical skills competitions per year. The competitions are the Arbitration CompetitionNegotiation CompetitionClient Counseling Competition and National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC Moot Court).


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