In the Mediation Clinic, students study mediation theory and practice and mediate real cases, including “small claims” civil cases in the Baltimore City District Court and employment discrimination cases referred by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Through classroom seminars and simulations, case observations, and actual mediation practice with “debriefing” sessions, students learn skills that are essential to the roles of being a “neutral” or any type of legal professional. These include, for example, active listening, negotiation skills, facilitating communication, asking effective questions, identifying the interests and goals underlying a conflict, building trust, working as a team, problem-solving, managing cases, and drafting settlement agreements. In the Spring semester, students will also be required to write an essay or “white paper” about a topic related to dispute resolution and their work in the clinic.
In addition to mediation practice, students work with the law school’s Center for Dispute Resolution on various projects that promote effective, ethical conflict resolution, including the School Conflict Resolution Education Program. Mediation Clinic students serve as “liaisons” with K-12 public schools in the program. For example, law students have mediated conflicts between public school students, helped schools develop peer mediation programs, or provided dispute resolution workshops to students, school staff, and parents.
The Mediation Clinic requires a substantial commitment of time. If you do not have a flexible schedule, this clinic may not be right for you. The minimum time requirements to consider before you enroll in the Mediation Clinic are:
|533C (CRN: 26106) Credits: 4|
Spring, 2015 (Day).