Course Details

Mediation and Advocacy

***There is a mandatory training session for all students on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 8:30-5:00pm*** Students planning to participate in the 4 credit hour Mediation Practicum in the spring semester will also have to attend a mandatory training October 4 and October 10-11 This course will focus on the mediation process 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. Effective advocacy in mediation has some elements in common with effective advocacy in litigation, but also many different elements. The course is designed to provide students with both a theoretical background and hands-on experience in mediation and mediation advocacy. The skills taught in this course are invaluable if you want to mediate or simply be a better negotiator ¿ 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. A portion of the course will consist of mediation skills training conducted by the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR). CCR is a non-profit organization that provides free mediation services in Chicago through the Cook County court system and community-based referrals ( 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). 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 once a month 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 the loss of a 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 5:00pm 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 (25%), self-analysis of videotaped mediation (30%), reflection paper of a court mediation observation (15%), and group project (30%). Text: Mediation Representation: Advocating As Problem Solver -3rd edition by Hal Abramson

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 2015
Title: Mediation and Advocacy
Faculty: Carrel, Alyson (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 30     Actual: 30