Course - Law

Interest in learning skills necessary to conduct a successful mediation.

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This course will examine the issues, principles and skills necessary for the use of mediation as a method of conflict resolution.  The required reading will be distributed throughout the course as applicable to subject matter. Classroom time will be devoted to discussion of these materials, lecture and experiential learning.


Students will have the opportunity to observe and possibly mediate one fair housing, employment discrimination, landlord/tenant, consumer fraud, juvenile court dependency, or juvenile criminal misdemeanor dispute.  

See "Information for Mediation Students" included with course registration packet.


Roger Risher, William L. Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, 2nd Ed.; ISBN: 0140157352; Publisher: Penguin.

Course Format

Lecture, class discussion and interactive participation, interactive skill exercises, mediation role plays, video tape viewing.

Written Assignments

Various communication skills exercises and exercises regarding other mediation skills; written evaluation following observation of an actual mediation; a short paper on essential concepts/skills from "Getting to Yes."

Type of Exam


Basis for grading

Participation in classroom learning exercises and progress in attaining skills necessary to co-mediate; attendance as an observer of a mediation and written evaluation of mediation observation; successful participation in actual co-mediation of one dispute; paper.

Additional Comments

Requires some flexibility in scheduling and in methods of learning. Eight or nine classes, approximately three hours in length which may be spaced throughout the semester. Students must attend all classes and arrive on time.



This course satisfies the Professional Skills curricular requirement.

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