What is the Williston Competition? The annual Williston Negotiation Competition is Harvard’s annual negotiating exercise for 1Ls. Teams of two, representing each side in a contract negotiation, work on a complex, realistic business problem. At the end of the competition, both teams submit a contract and each team also submits a private memo to its client, explaining why the client should agree to the contract.
Why should I participate?
– Experience: Lawyers negotiate as a routine part of their work. Whether they’re negotiating a big M&A transaction, a settlement between a landlord and tenant, or an investigation with the government, negotiating skills are critical. The Williston Competition is a realistic simulation that will let you see what you like and don’t like about negotiation and help you start learning to be a great negotiator!
– Glory: Each year’s winners are immortalized on a plaque in Langdell Library.
– Prizes: Winners also receive cash prizes.
When is it? This year’s competition will start with an introductory meeting at noon on Thursday, March 29th. Completed contracts and memos will be due at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5th. Teams usually spend as little as 10 and as much as 20 hours over the course of the entire week, and you can make whatever schedule you want.
Who can participate? All 1Ls can participate. All you need is a partner. If you would like to be assigned a partner, you may register as an individual. You do not need to have taken the Negotiation Workshop.
How do I sign up? Simply register (sign up once per team) at .
The deadline to register is Friday, March 23.
Questions? Email HLSWilliston2012@gmail.com