Arbitration Competition

The Trial Advocacy Board is pleased to sponsor the Arbitration Competition, an internal competition at LSU to develop students’ alternative dispute resolution skills through participation in the arbitration process.

Arbitration is a dispute resolution process in which the disputing parties present their case to a third party intermediary (or a panel of arbitrators) who examine all the evidence and then make a decision for the parties. This decision is usually binding. Like court-based adjudication, arbitration is adversarial. The presentations are made to prove one side right, the other wrong. Thus the parties assume they are working against each other, not cooperatively. Arbitration is generally not as formal as court adjudication, however, and the rules can be altered to some extent to meet the parties’ needs.  Students participating in the competition should examine the ADR resources (particularly those on arbitration) in the ADR Resources section of this website.

Second and third-year law students may compete in the competition as teams of two, in which they will present a matter for arbitration to a panel of arbitrators.  Any law student, including first-year students, can act as a witness.

2017 Arbitration Competition

Registration for the 2017 Arbitration Competition is now closed.   All students should have received a complete copy of the case file from Prof. Brooks; additional copies may be obtained from Prof. Brooks by sending an email to

The Arbitration Competition will be held at the LSU Law Center the weekend of January 28-29, 2017.  Preliminary Rounds will be held at 9:30 am and at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Jan. 28.  A semifinal round will be held at 9:00 am on Sunday, Jan. 29, and the Final Round will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Important Documents:

Arbitration Competition Rules and Procedures

Arbitration Competition Judges’ Scoresheet

A Quick and Dirty Guide to the LSU Arbitration Competition