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 mediate conflicts. This is done through a combination of weekly seminars dealing with recent dispute resolution literature and an intensive 40-hour mediation skills training program.
Through the Osgoode Mediation Clinic, 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 two to three, designed by the students and approved by the Clinic Director.