Class Unique: 28355

This course focuses on the acquisition of professional skills necessary to perform two separate roles in the mediation process: legal advocate and mediator. During the course, students will learn the social and political bases for the development of alternative dispute resolution procedures; become familiar with different models of negotiation and mediation; study the legislation that regulates the practice of mediation, especially in Texas courts; increase awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses in communication and negotiation and improve those skills; acquire advocacy skills for representing clients in mediation; acquire the essential skills necessary to mediate interpersonal and legal disputes; and develop a framework for making ethical decisions as a legal advocate or mediator in the mediation process. Students will read textbooks, participate in negotiation and mediation role plays, complete exercises designed to enhance communication and negotiation skills, and prepare a reflective journal. The course is designed to fulfill the statutory minimum requirements in Texas for a basic training course in dispute resolution techniques.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Wednesday 3:45 - 6:35 pm TNH 2.137
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Not Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable
Satisfies ABA Professional Skills Requirement
  • 3 credit hours count toward ABA Experiential Learning Requirement

  • Textbooks

    • Style Matters: The Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory - Kraybill, Ron
        Riverhouse ePress , edition: latest
        ISBN: center@riverhouseepr   (required)
    • Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory Interpretive Guide - Mitchell R. Hammer
        Hammer Consulting LLC , edition: latest
    • Mediation: The Roles of Advocate and Neutral - Golan & Folberg
        Wolters Kluwer , edition: 3rd
        ISBN: 978-1-4548-5205-6   (required)
    • Getting to Yes - Roger Fisher et al.
        Penguin Press , edition: 3rd
        ISBN: 9781101539545   (required)
    • Getting Past No - William Ury
        Bantam , edition: 1993
        ISBN: 0-553-37131-2   (required)