Through discussion, simulations, and role play, this course focuses on the structure and goals of the mediation process and the skills and techniques mediators use to aid parties in overcoming barriers to dispute resolution. The course also examines the underlying negotiation orientations and strategies that mediators may confront and employ, the respective roles of party and party representatives in the mediation process, dealing with difficult people and power imbalances, cultural considerations, and ethical issues for mediation participants and mediators. In addition, special attention is devoted to the art of successful representation of parties in mediation. (3 credits)
- Instructor: Roger C. Pao
That said, contractual arbitration has become more a norm and less an alternative for resolving disputes in certain contexts, including consumer and employment contexts. This course will introduce you to arbitration law and practice, with particular emphasis on domestic, US arbitration.
- Instructor: Allen Blair
Introduces MSL students to the structure of written legal analysis and the skills of legal drafting, and professional letter and email writing. Teaches basic legal citation and primary and secondary research skills. (3 credits)
- Instructor: Jennifer H. Will
This course introduces MSL students to the study of law and prepares them for academic success in their upper level curriculum. After an initial intense focus on the fundamentals of legal reasoning and analysis, the course offers a general overview of the American legal system and examines the ethics rules that govern the work of lawyers and so profoundly influence lawyer-client interactions. (2 credits)