Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 30/30
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1000-1230
  • SL292
01/24/2023 04/25/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

As a lawyer, you will negotiate every day, and not just on behalf of clients in matters like business deals or criminal plea bargains. You will negotiate with colleagues as you hash out the details of your work assignments, with potential employers over salary and compensation issues, and with those outside of work in settings as routine as choosing which movie to watch or as significant as buying a home. This class will provide you the chance to hone your negotiation skills through a series of role-play simulations from a range of settings, including simple buyer-seller bargains to complex multi-issue, multi-party negotiations. Because of your legal training, others will expect that you can negotiate zealously and effectively without burning relationships, a balance difficult to strike for even the most experienced lawyers. The goals of this class are (i) to introduce students to negotiation theory, with a focus on the "collaborative" negotiation method used by most successful negotiators today; (2) to learn about yourself and your effectiveness in a variety of negotiation settings; (3) to improve your ability to understand and predict the behavior of others during a negotiation; (4) to build confidence in your negotiation skills. This class is taught largely through simulations. For each case, you will be assigned a particular role, and you will be given background materials, instructions and (often) confidential information to aid you in your preparation. CLASS ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY because your absence will strand other classmates who were assigned to negotiate with you. If you anticipate that you will miss class, you should not enroll in this course. Several of the negotiation exercises will be completed outside of class time. This class will be taught in conjunction with the Negotiation section taught by Professor Shadel. The classes will be combined for certain lectures and some negotiation exercises. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance at every class is mandatory. Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: A final 8-10 page paper due via EXPO (deadline to be announced).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM