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This post describes the great results when I used multi-stage simulations in negotiation and family law dispute resolution courses. To simulate real life, I developed several simulations that started from the first client interview. I included other stages, such as (1) negotiating retainer agreements, (2) identifying additional information needed, (3) getting to know counterpart lawyers, (4) researching and negotiating about the law, (5) negotiating dispute resolution clauses, (6) preparing for negotiation with clients and counterpart lawyers, and (7) negotiating the ultimate issues. Students playing lawyers got especially valuable experiences because the students playing clients identified so strongly with their roles.