Mediation is a critical skill that can be used in many areas of legal practice. Through this program, students learn the theory that underlies mediation as well as the skills needed to actually medicate conflicts. This is done through a combination of weekly seminars dealing with recent dispute resolution litterature and an intensive 40-hour mediation skills training program.
Through the Osgoode Mediation Centre, and under the guidance and direction of the Mediation Clinic Director, students also engage in a variety of mediation services including, community outreach, facilitating dispute resolution workshops and conducting community and/or Small Claims Court mediations. Students keep a reflective journal on their mediation practice activities throughout the course. An additional component of the program is a community engagement project, usually carried out by a team of 2-3, designed by the students and approved by the Clinic Director.
The 9-credit program is open to up to 16 students per year. The academic program runs over both fall and winter semesters. Students receive one letter grade for a major research paper, mediation assessment and community engagement project (4-credits) the remaining 5 credits will be assessed on a credit/no-credit basis for the student's clinic work. A written evaluation of each student’s clinical work is attached as part of the student’s transcript.
There are no prerequisites for the program.