Annual Williston Negotiation Competition for 1Ls

HLS Administrative Updates 2013-03-12

This Friday, March 15 is the deadline to sign up for the 60th Annual Williston Negotiation Competition!

What is the Williston Competition?  The Williston Competition is Harvard’s annual negotiating exercise for 1Ls hosted by the Harvard Negotiators and the Board of Student Advisers. Teams of two, representing one side in a complex contract negotiation, work with another team of two representing the other side. At the end of the competition, both teams submit a contract and each team submits a private memo to its client.

Why should I participate?  Great experience, cash prizes, and glory! A panel of expert judges will review each contract, so the competition is a unique opportunity to get feedback from professionals in the field. Each year’s winners are also immortalized on a plaque in Langdell Library.

When is it?  This year’s competition will start with a mandatory introductory lunch meeting at noon on Friday, March 29 at WCC 1010. Completed contracts and memos will be due by e-mail at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

Who can participate?  All 1Ls can participate. You can sign up with a partner or as an individual to be partnered up with another student. You do not need to have taken the Negotiation Workshop, and many winners in previous years had not taken the course.

How do I sign up?  To participate, you must register individually or as a team (sign up once per team) at The deadline to register is this Friday, March 15. Questions? Email  harvardwilliston2013 at or check out the competition website at….