Curriculum

Clinic - Mediation

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Bridget Regan

Pre-requisite: Mediation Intensive Workshop

The Mediation Clinic introduces students to the processes and practices of mediation as an alternative to either litigation or continued conflict. Students enrolled in the clinic will develop problem solving, negotiation, and conflict management skills, applicable across a range of disputes, while providing mediation services to people in conflict.

Students are trained and supervised in mediating cases at civil court, small claims court, and community dispute resolution centers.

Seminar Credits: 1.00

Seminar: This seminar will meet regularly during the semester as part of the clinic. It is designed to advance the knowledge base and skills acquisition of students interested in mediation. Students will learn the theory and practice the techniques underlying all phases of the facilitative mediation model including: convening and preparing for mediation, opening the mediation session, defining the issues and creating the agenda, facilitating communication, assisting the parties in negotiation, creative problem-solving, and reaching settlement or closure. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing essential mediator skills, such as active listening, formulating questions, reframing, creating rapport, using language effectively, deescalating negative emotions, and non-verbal communication.

Enrollment Notes: The Mediation Clinic is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. This clinic enrolls 6-9 students for a semester. Students earn a total of 5 credits; 2 for the Mediation Intensive Workshop, 2 credits for clinical placement, and 1 credit for the seminar.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Students are graded pass/fail only for the Mediation Intensive Workshop and for the 2 credit clinical placement. Students receive a letter grade for the seminar.

Grading:

The seminar is letter grade only. The fieldwork is pass/fail only.