Course Details

Mediation and Advocacy

This course will focus on mediation from two perspectives: (1) that of the mediator and (2) that of the advocate considering whether mediation is appropriate for a particular dispute, and, if so, representing the client in mediation. The course is designed to provide students wit h both a theoretical background and hands-on experience in mediation and mediation advocacy. A portion of the course will consist of mediation skills training conducted by the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR). Some of that training will take place in class; there will be two weekend training sessions for all students . Those students who successfully complete the skills training portion of the course and meet all of CCR's certification requirements for their model of mediation, will have the opportunity to become certified as CCR mediators, and to conduct actual mediations on behalf oF CCR in the 4 credit hour practicum during Spring (LITARB 676). Effective advocacy in mediation has some elements in common with effective advocacy in litigation, but also many different elements. Students will read current material on mediation advocacy as well as learn from experienced advocates, and will also participate in exercises in which they play the role of an attorney representing a client in mediation. A student who misses a class for any reason other than illness will lose one letter 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. ALL students enrolled in this course must attend a mandatory mediation skills training on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students wishing to pursue an additional optional mediation certificate must attend a mediation skills training on Sunday, September 26, 2010 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Prerequisites: Negotiation, LITARB 670 or 670K or Cultural Negotiation LITARB 674 are a co-requisite for this course. Students concurrently enrolled in Negotiations may enroll with the professor's permission, if there is space. Evaluation: Grades will be based on demonstrated comprehension of the principles of effective mediation and mediation advocacy as demonstrated in class participation (50%); and a written exam (50%). Students must observe one actual mediation as well. The written examination will be given towards the end of the semester and will last about 90 minutes. Text: Mediation and Advocacy, Second Edition (Jack Cooley)

Catalog Number: LITARB 675
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionLegal Skills Development
Additional Course Information: Lit/Arb Concentration Elective,  Students may not withdrawal from class

Course History

Fall 2012
Title: Mediation and Advocacy
Faculty: Carrel, Alyson (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 30     Actual: 30