Law: Jan 2015

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)

Negotiation is a constant part of our professional and personal lives. Lawyers negotiate with opposing counsel, co-counsel, judges, clerks, clients, law partners, office colleagues and staff. Business people use negotiation to make and save deals; to secure supplies, assure services, keep customers and clients happy, maintain healthy work environments, build and repair relationships, and to settle disputes. Individuals negotiate at home, in the store and on vacation, with family, friends, and strangers. It is a constant part of our lives. Negotiation is something we have all practiced – with greater or lesser success – for as long as we have interacted one human to another. As a result, you come to this course with significant negotiation experience, if not expertise. (2 credits)

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)