Mediation Theory and Practice Clinic

Type of Clinic: Full year

Students in the Mediation Theory and Practice Clinic will receive their weekly classroom instruction through the Mediation Theory and Practice Seminar. The seminar provides the academic underpinnings of the course and the required mediation training and practice for students to serve as mediators. Students enrolled in the clinic complete an additional two credits in the fall and two credits in the spring for a total of seven credits. The Mediation Theory and Practice Clinic fulfills the Cardin Clinical Requirement. Students who successfully complete this course fulfill Maryland Title 17-104 requirements for court-approved mediators and will receive a certificate of completion.

In addition to the weekly class on Tuesdays from 2:10-5:15 pm, students in the Mediation Theory and Practice Clinic will serve in the role of neutral mediator in real legal disputes and community conflicts, including civil cases in Baltimore City District Court and employment and housing discrimination cases referred from the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights. Students also work in various K-12 public schools in Baltimore City to mediate conflicts or train students in peer mediation.

In the fall semester students will receive the basic mediation training and begin the apprentice mediation process: first observing faculty mediate cases, then co-mediating with faculty. Students will then advance to full practicing mediator status, co-mediating with peers under faculty supervision. Students receive intensive feedback after each mediation they conduct.

Students in the Clinic will meet weekly with clinic faculty. This class functions in a grand-round format designed to debrief mediations, review mediation processes and procedures, confirm case management and documentation, discuss ethical issues, and practical skills.

During the fall semester students will be required to:

  • Attend the weekly 3-hour seminar component and 1-hour clinical class;
  • Staff the afternoon mediation docket at Baltimore City District Court every other week on Friday afternoons;
  • Co-mediate or observe at least one Office of Civil Rights mediation; and
  • Support a mediation program at one Baltimore City Public School on a weekly basis.

During the spring semester students will be required to:

  • Attend a weekly 2-hour clinical class seminar;
  • Staff the afternoon mediation docket at Baltimore City District Court every other week on Friday afternoons;
  • Co-mediate at least one Office of Civil Rights mediation;
  • Support a mediation program at one Baltimore City Public School on a weekly basis (continued from fall semester); and
  • Schedule pre-trial mediations referred by the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City.
  • Clinic students will receive a grade in the 3-credit seminar at the end of the fall semester, and a grade for the 4-credit experiential component at the end of the spring semester.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course