LAW-2036 Mediation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Prof. Dwight Golann, Prof. Robert H. Smith,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


Students using this course to fulfill the experiential learning requirement may not also use this same course to meet the legal writing requirement.


One of a lawyer's primary tasks is to resolve disputes. Most controversies are never decided by a court, but instead are settled through other methods. The ability to choose among and use alternative processes effectively is thus crucial for litigators as well as transactional lawyers. This course explores the processes of mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution processes. Its goal to give students an introduction to the theory and practice of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), including how to use such processes effectively on behalf of clients. Class time will focus on role-playing and discussion, with some lecture and video analysis. Attendance and participation in role-plays are integral to the learning experience and part of the grading criteria. Instructors’ specific grading policies are set forth below.


Faculty comments: Faculty comments: Professor Golann: Grading will be based on a final examination. Students will be required to write a pre-mediation brief based on a roleplay exercise. The assignment will not require research and will not be graded, but students may receive a half-grade increase in their final grade based on their class participation and completion of the assignment.

Professors Smith and Golann: Grading will be based on a combination of a final examination, class participation and written plans and reports prepared as part of role-play exercises.

Prerequisite: Negotiation

Enrollment is limited: May be Limited

Elective Course

Meets Skills Menu Requirement

Meets Civil Litigation Concentration Requirements

Meets Health/Biomedical Concentration Requirements

Final Exam Required


  Prerequisite: Negotiation

pointer    Enrollment is limited: May be Limited 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Skills Menu Requirement

pointer    Meets Civil Litigation Concentration Requirements

pointer    Meets Health/Biomedical Concentration Requirements

pointer    Meets Experiential Learning Requirement

pointer    Final Exam Required


<<Course Updated: April 08, 2016>>