LAW-2288 Mediation Seminar

Ms. Ericka B. Gray,

3 credits day; 3 credits evening.


May not also enroll in Alternative Dispute Resolution


Mediation is becoming an increasingly important vehicle for resolving disputes that might otherwise go to court, or if in court, to trial. While the framework of litigation is well-established, mediations often are shaped by both the nature of the dispute the nature of the disputants, and the nature of the mediator. This course helps students understand mediation as a form of consensual dispute resolution that assists the disputants in negotiating a resolution that is preferable to the litigation alternative. To that end, students begin learning basic negotiation theory and practice and then move to applying that learning in the mediation context. Students keep an extensive journal about their readings and their experiences in course simulations that form the basis of a brief paper on their own mediation skills. In lieu of an examination, students also write a paper that can involve both library and field research on some aspect of dispute resolution which they present to the seminar. A weekend(to be determined) during the semester will be required for mediation sessions.


Faculty comments: Please refer to the course description, but here is some additional information. The course is taught through the use of readings, exercises, and simulations, including oral presentations; some explanatory lectures (but primarily discussion); and research and analysis outside of class, including some oral interviews when appropriate for informed individuals. There is no examination but a series of smaller writings which can include journals, analytic papers, and research. For example, students prepare a short paper assessing their own skills as well as prepare and present a longer research paper on a dispute resolution topic. Class participation is not formally graded but is weighed in evaluating the overall work and performance of the participating student. The course may differ from the usual offering in that participating students are asked to reflect on their own skills in the context of understanding negotiation and mediation.


  Prerequisite: Negotiation

pointer    Enrollment is limited: 20 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Skills Menu Requirement

pointer    Meets Civil Litigation Concentration Requirements

pointer    May Fulfill Legal Writing Requirement

pointer    Final Paper Required


<<Course Updated: March 15, 2016>>