Mediation Theory and Practice

The mediation class examines the dynamics, benefits, constraints, and skills related to third-party intervention in the resolution of legal disputes. The course explores mediation as a collaborative process of resolving conflict; the legislative, ethical, and practical constraints on its use; as well as the skills needed to serve in a mediation capacity. There is an emphasis on learning through simulation exercises, which are drawn from the labor, family, and commercial areas.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a methodical approach to mediation.
  • Articulate and apply mediation techniques in a legal dispute.
  • Differentiate between ethical and unethical practices in mediation, and identify potential ethical dilemmas and solutions.
  • Demonstrate awareness of legal and public policy concerns regarding the practice of mediation.