Conflict Resolution and the Law

This course examines the theory and practice of various process strategies used to address conflicts in a variety of legal contexts, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and restorative justice. The course considers the use and critiques of alternative dispute resolution processes, and the role of ADR in promoting and undermining social justice. The course combines interactive discussion of theoretical readings with skills simulations. Students will be assessed based on their engagement in discussions of assigned readings, preparation for and participation in four complex simulation exercises, short reflection papers, and a final capstone paper analyzing the potential application of a particular conflict process strategy or combination of strategies to address a complex social or legal problem.

This is a “capstone” course required for all J.D. students on the Dispute Resolution Track. The course is open to other law students if space permits.

Students who wish to use this course to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement should contact the professor for approval to register for an additional 1-credit of Independent Written Work.

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