Conflict Resolution Clinic

Develop Practice-Ready Skills Mediating Actual Disputes

Students in this clinical program are trained to become certified mediators, then develop their skills through mediating actual disputes. Through hands-on practice, students move from having a basic understanding of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) principles toward mastering essential skills. Students work toward attaining a highly regarded mediation certification—a valuable tool in legal practice. The course begins with a mandatory, intensive, skills training conducted in collaboration with the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR). After completing the skills-training portion of the course and meeting all of CCR's certification requirements, students mediate live cases though the court system and may continue to do so after the semester ends. Cases are referred by small claims and criminal courts or other John Marshall clinical programs and typically involve neighbors, victims and offenders, landlords and tenants, or disputes in contractual matters. Along with mediating actual disputes, students may design and deliver outreach presentations, observe complex mediations and arbitrations, participate in special projects, and support mediation centers and programs in the Chicago area. In addition, parties are periodically referred to the clinic for pro se representation in an arbitration or mediation. In those cases, students are trained in the basic mediation/arbitration advocacy and the substantive area of law, then represent clients in the proceeding under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Conflict Resolution Clinic (JD 522)

Through John Marshall’s Basic Conflict Resolution Clinic, students are trained to become certified mediators and then develop their skills through mediating actual disputes. The course component begins with a mandatory, intensive, skills-training conducted in collaboration with the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR). After completing the skills-training portion of the course and after meeting all of CCR’s certification requirements, students mediate live cases though the court system in the clinic component and may continue to do so after the semester ends. Students in the Basic Conflict Resolution Clinic must register for both the class and clinic components. Students who have previously taken the Basic Conflict Resolution Clinic can register for the Advanced Conflict Resolution Clinic, which provides further opportunity to refine their skills and mediate live cases. The advanced clinic may be repeated.

Basic Conflict Resolution Clinic

Advanced Conflict Resolution Clinic

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