Collaborative Law and Practice

This course will emphasize the counseling and negotiation skills necessary to represent clients effectively in a collaborative law process -- an interdisciplinary dispute resolution process in which lawyers work closely with other professionals to help clients resolve disputes respectfully, without resort to court proceedings. The course will provide an understanding of collaborative law and its relationship to other dispute resolution processes, including mediation, litigation and adversary negotiation.Students will develop skills that are applicable to both collaborative practice and other types of dispute resolution, including litigation. The course will use simulation and role play to enable students to practice collaborative negotiation and problem-solving skills, both individually and in small groups. Students will be evaluated based on two short reflection papers and participation in simulations. Successful completion of the course will meet the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals’ minimum membership standards and will provide students with knowledge of the theories, practices and skills needed to practice collaborative law in both family proceedings and other civil disputes. This course counts as a specialized ADR course for purposes of the school's dispute resolution track.

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