Clinics

Currently, students have the option of four different clinics that qualify for the Dispute Resolution Track (another agricultural mediation course is under development):

  •  (4 credits Fall/4 credits Spring)

    In this year-long clinic, students learn and practice mediation skills in the role of the mediator in court-based cases and in Baltimore City schools. Students who complete the Mediation Clinic receive training and experience that qualifies them to apply to be a court-approved mediator for the District Court of Maryland ADR Program.

  •  (4 credits Fall/4 credits Spring; sometimes offered as one semester clinic)

    In this clinic, students learn to represent clients in mediations concerning disability discrimination matters. Students also learn to negotiate potential settlements of disability discrimination claims.

  •  (4 credits Fall/4 credits Spring)

    Students in the Environmental Law Clinic study and practice a range of dispute resolution strategies to address environmental issues, including negotiation with competing stakeholders and regulatory bodies, policy advocacy, and/or complex civil litigation.

  •  (one semester, 7 credits)

    Students in this LTP attend a one-day training with Mediation Clinic students, learn about restorative justice, engage in policy advocacy around school discipline and restorative justice, and work on school conflict resolution education initiatives in Baltimore City schools.

Externships

The experiential requirement may also be satisfied through an ADR externship or other approved externship in which the student gains extensive conflict resolution experience.

A rich array of ADR experiential opportunities exist at Maryland Carey Law. The Maryland Judiciary is an international leader in court-based dispute resolution processes. Our proximity to Washington, D.C. offers students externship opportunities with federal agency ADR programs and international organizations. In the past, students have completed ADR Externships with:

  • Judicial programs (e.g., District Court of Maryland ADR Program; Maryland Court of Special Appeals ADR Office; Maryland Judiciary Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office; District of Columbia Multi-Door Program);
  • Federal agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health; United States Department of State);
  • Civil rights agencies (e.g., Maryland Commission on Civil Rights; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission);
  • International organizations (Mediators Beyond Borders; American Society for International Law) and
  • State agencies (e.g., Maryland Governor’s Office of Business Ombudsman Maryland;  Office of the Attorney General–Consumer Protection Division).

Other specialty externships (public interest, international, environmental, health, business, Asper/judicial) may qualify for the Dispute Resolution Track experiential requirement upon prior approval by the program’s Faculty Director.

ADR Externships provide additional experiential learning opportunities for students interested in the field of alternative dispute resolution.  In the ADR Externship program students are matched with government agencies and non-profit organizations to gain experience in a real world setting.  Through the ADR Externship program, students earn academic credit in one of many ADR practice settings under the supervision of an attorney and a faculty advisor.  Students may earn from 4-13 credits and engage in a classroom component that runs simultaneously with their externship experience.  Students participating in the externship program must comply with University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Externship Guidelines. If you are interested in an ADR Externship, please contact Toby Treem Guerin at tguerin @ law.umaryland.edu or 410-706-6228.

 Externships opportunities may exist at the following organizations:

The Erin Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention at Maryland Carey Law

Erin Levitas was poised to join the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law community and bring her many talents to the legal profession. She hoped her education at the law school would enable her to pursue her passion for education and women’s rights by working to help all women feel welcome and thrive.  Although Erin left us before she could pursue her law school degree to help others, we aim to create a new and ambitious program focused primarily on prevention and support to empower survivors of sexual assault.