Student Negotiations Competition

Friday, March 21, 2014
9 am to 5 pm
UCLA School of Law
Los Angeles

First Prize: $1000, Second Prize: $500

Berkeley and UCLA Law Students Take First and Second Place in the Environmental Law Section Student Negotiation Competition Held at UCLA School of Law on March 21, 2014

Eighteen teams of two from law schools across the State competed in this year's Student Negotiation Competition at UCLA School of Law on March 21, 2014. The students competed in two rounds of negotiations involving fictitious environmental law issues Judged by attorney volunteers on several factors related to their negotiation skills, the top four teams after two rounds advanced to a final round. Based on the total score of all three rounds, the Berkeley team was named the first place winner, and the UCLA team took second place. These teams won prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively. The top ten performing teams were: 

  • UC Berkeley School of Law (Team B), Andrew Coghlan and Francis Choi
  • UCLA School of Law (Team E), Heather Leslie and Ryan Berghoff 
  • Chapman University, Fowler School of Law (Team K), Ali Razavi and Brandon Howard 
  • Santa Clara University School of Law (Team A), Victoria Loomis and William McAdoo 
  • UC Berkeley School of Law (Team C) 
  • California Northern School of Law (Team D) 
  • California Western School of Law (Team G) 
  • Whittier Law School (Team R) 
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Team M) 
  • Golden Gate University School of Law (Team F)

Information About the 2014 Competition


The competition is open to students in all California law schools who have completed their first year of law school. Each law school may enter one team and nominate one alternate team. Teams consist of two students from the same law school. For the year 2014 competition, the competition was limited to 20 teams.


Each team was e-mailed a copy of the Statement of Facts, the team’s Confidential Negotiating Instructions, and the Competition Rules on January 31, 2014. Each team participated in two 60 minute preliminary rounds. After a lunch break, four teams advanced to the final round. The advancing teams received additional Confidential Instructions prior to the final round.


The winning team received a cash prize of $1,000; the second place team, $500. Both the first and second place teams received recognition in the State Bar of California’s Environmental Law Section Newsletter. All students entered in the competition received one year’s complimentary membership in the Environmental Law Section. Any other student wishing to join the Section may request a complimentary membership by contacting Julie Martinez.


Students were judged by a panel of environmental lawyers, judges and professional mediators. Scoring criteria include preparation, execution of strategy, teamwork, outcome, oral presentation, and ethics.

Training Materials

Participating students were provided with a packet of training materials about environmental negotiations.

For More Information

This competition is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California. For more information, contact Julie Martinez.