The goal of the course is to engage students in the theory and practice of the variety of processes available to lawyers to solve disputes. These processes include several "traditional" methods - adjudication, arbitration, negotiation or mediation - and those which are "hybrid" such as the mini-trial, summary jury trial and neutral experts. Another goal is to help students expand their conceptual framework for solving problems from the rather narrow, adversarial, adjudicatory model which is the primary focus of case books. Students will begin to think strategically about legal solutions by using the tactics of processes which are options to litigation.
These techniques are increasing being done online and in the international context and we are particularly interested in that range of topics.
Independent Research, Lecture, and Discussion. Each student makes an oral presentation on paper topic.
Because this is a Substantial Paper Seminar, a substantial paper on a topic selected by the student is required.
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Paper -- 80%. Class performance -- 20%.
Attendance is required. E-mail functionality is required. Check for current technology requirements.