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Alternative Dispute Resolutions

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2017-2018

This course emphasizes negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and court-connected procedures.   Students are offered a conceptual and legal framework of basic dispute resolution processes and skills. The class is a mix of role-play exercises and traditional case discussions. Students participate in several mediation and negotiation exercises. This survey course covers multiple ADR mechanisms and focuses upon the practice and theory of helping to resolve disputes of all kinds without formal litigation. 

Course Grade

  • 10% based upon quality of in-class attention and participation;
  • 30% based upon quality of preparation for and participation during in-class exercises; and
  • 60% based upon quality of final written exam.

 

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

This course emphasizes negotiation, mediation and arbitration and court-connected procedures. Students are offered a conceptual and legal framework, and learn basic dispute resolution skills. The class is a mix of role-play exercises and traditional case discussions. Students participate in eight mediation and negotiation exercises. This is a survey course covering all ADR mechanisms and focuses upon the practice and theory of helping to resolve disputes of all kinds without formal litigation and court-annexed procedures.

This class qualifies for the professional skills requirement.