This Dispute Settlement seminar provides students with an introduction to and overview of appropriate ways to resolving disputes in disparate legal contexts. Students will be introduced to a variety of topics, including: mediation theory & practice, how to build a reflective mediation practice, how to effectively participate as counsel to a civil law mediation; negotiation theory and practice, how to identify and develop effective mediator and negotiator micro-skills, how to identify high-conflict parties, and how to map out alternative dispute resolution paths in high-conflict settings, such as value-based conflicts. Teaching methods include: lectures (Socratic and otherwise), facilitated class discussions, interactive small and larger group exercises, instructional videos, and panel discussions with relevant guest speakers.
Students are expected to attend all classes (whether online or in person), to actively participate in the class and in the various course exercises, to complete the required readings for each class, and to complete any in-class assignments. In addition, students will be expected to prepare a research-based scholastic paper.