Mediation: Theory and Practice

Class Information Spring 2019

  • 3 units
  • Class No.: 82311
  • Meets: See Notes
  • Time: See Notes - See Notes
  • Location: 326 and 101
  • Exam:
  • Course Description

Mediation: Theory and Practice

Certificate(s): Public Interest and Social Justice Law (Skills)

Course Description:

This course combines both theory and practice skills. A variety of readings, exercises, videos, and role-plays will be used to encourage in-depth analysis of mediation concepts and the application of these concepts in practice. Topics to be covered include negotiation theory, the mediation process, the role of the mediator, ethical issues in mediation, dealing with power imbalances, and the lawyer’s role in the mediation process. Students will participate in exercises at various stages of the mediation process. Starting Summer 2009, this course will be a graded course.

Class Notes:

Professional Skills Course

Experiential Course

This Unique Mediation Training brings together law students and professionals in business, health care, human resource, mediation and law who wish to expand their understanding of conflict and develop the skills and self-awareness necessary to mediate effectively. This highly interactive and experiential program meets the 40-hour training requirements of most courts and many community mediation programs. Topics include:

  • Understanding and managing conflict
  • Negotiation basics
  • Key communication skills, including empathic listening
  • Mediation ethics and decision making
  • Facilitating case evaluation, including the role of law and lawyers
  • Application of social and neuro sciences to conflict and negotiation
  • Self-awareness and self-reflection
  • Implicit bias and cross-cultural competence
  • Special issues: grief, apology and forgiveness
  • Representing clients in mediation
  • Professional development – reflective practice and the business of mediation

This class will meet on the following 7 dates and times: Thursday, January 10th: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, January 11th: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 12th: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, January 24th: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, January 25th 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 26th: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m; and Thursday, February 7th: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Class will meet in room 326 on Thursday dates and room 101 on Friday and Saturday dates.

Attendance at all classes is required.