Mediation Process

This course provides students with a theoretical framework and practical application of the mediation process focusing on the role of mediator. Students will study a variety of mediation models, current laws regulating and guiding mediation, ethical considerations for mediators, implications mediation has on litigation, and broader applications of mediation skills for lawyers. The skills taught in this course are invaluable if you want to mediate or simply be a better negotiation - Research shows that the best negotiators have received mediation training. Even if a student does not plan to be a mediator, this course provides unparalleled experience thinking on your feet with personalized and intensive feedback from dispute resolution professionals. All students will also have an opportunity to observe a mediation in the Cook County courts. Northwestern has partnered with the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) to provide professional mediation skills training during the course of the semester. CCR is a non-profit organization that provides free mediation services in Chicago through the Cook County court system and community-based referrals ( Some of the training will take place in class; there will be additional weekend training sessions for all students interested in pursuing certification as a CCR mediator. Students certified as CCR mediators will be eligible to conduct actual mediations on behalf of CCR in the 4 credit hour practicum during Spring semester (LITARB 676). Certification as a CCR mediator is determined by a committee of CCR trainers and is based on a student's ability to successfully complete a series of simulated mediations and demonstrate mastery of CCR's mediation model. Students interested in pursuing certification must attend the training session taking place October 5-6, 2013. In addition to the training held by CCR, students pursuing certification may be required to do other activities and simulations inside and outside of class in order to meet certification requirements. Once students complete their practicum experience, they may maintain their certification by continuing to mediate at CCR. Attendance in class is mandatory. A student who misses a class for any reason other than illness will lose participation points that could result in a lowered grade. Any student who is not present at the first class meeting will be dropped from the course. The last date for dropping the course will be 12:00 noon of the first class. No drops will be allowed after that. Prerequisites: Negotiation, LITARB 670 or 670K or Cultural Negotiation LITARB 674 are a co-requisite for this course. Students concurrently bidding to be enrolled in Negotiations may bid on this course. Evaluation: Grades will be based on demonstrated comprehension of the principles of mediation as demonstrated in class participation (30%), self-analysis of videotaped mediation (25%), reflection paper of a court mediation observation (25%), and group presentation (20%),. Text: Mediation: Practice, Policy, and Ethics (2nd Edition 2013) by Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Lela Love, and Andrea Schneider.

Catalog Number: LITARB 690

Course History

Fall 2013
Title: Mediation Process
Faculty: Carrel, Alyson (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 30     Actual: 30