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MSU College of Law



April 7, 2011


BLSA Team Places 2nd in International Negotiations Competition

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law claimed second place at the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) International Negotiations Competition.

MSU Law was represented by third-year students Bobby Ficklin, Jr., and Lawrence Yates. The pair advanced through two preliminary rounds before topping Harvard Law School in the semifinals and ultimately finishing second overall.

Twenty teams from law schools around the nation competed at the event, which was held in March during NBLSA’s 43rd Annual National Convention in Houston, Texas. Participating teams competed against each other to negotiate an international cross-border conflict based on real issues in today’s globalized world.

The MSU Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) advocates for the recruitment, retention, and educational development of students of African heritage and other minority law students enrolled at the Law College. BLSA strives to unite students in the common purpose of scholastic achievement through diverse educational, professional, and community service experiences. BLSA provides minority law students with the resources and tools needed to obtain a Juris Doctor degree and pass state bar examinations.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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East Lansing, MI 48824


From left: Bobby Ficklin, Jr., and Lawrence Yates

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