Class Unique: 29670
The course approaches the study of mediation from three fronts: theory, law, and skills. We study the theory of conflict and conflict resolution through mediation; statutory and case law at play in mediated cases; the "law of settlement;" the significance of confidentiality in mediation and legal challenges to confidentiality; ethics and professionalism in mediation; and ethical and advocacy issues related to representation of parties who participate in mediation. To develop mediation and advocacy skills, students participate in a number of role-playing exercises and simulated mediations. Students play the roles of mediators, attorneys for parties in mediation, and the parties themselves, and then students analyze these experiences in light of the legal and theoretical bases of mediation. This course is open to Law students as well as graduate students from other disciplines. This course meets the requirements of the interdisciplinary Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution as a course in theory and skills. There is no final examination for this course. Instead, students complete several short writing assignments throughout the semester.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Tuesday, Thursday 9:05 - 10:20 am JON 6.207
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Satisfies ABA Professional Skills Requirement


  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In - Fisher, Roger, et al.
      Penguin , edition: 3rd
      ISBN: 9780143118756   (required)
  • Difficult Conversations - Stone, Douglas, et al.
      ISBN: 9780143118442   (required)
  • Mediation: The Role of Advocates & Neutrals, 2nd. ed. - Golann & Folberg
      Wolters Kluwer / Aspen , edition: 2nd
      ISBN: 9780735599680   (required)
  • Other Materials to be Determined


Hannon, Barbara Hannon, Barbara
Schultz, Susan Schultz, Susan