Curriculum Guide · Courses
Professor Sandra Sellers
J.D. Seminar 322 | 3 credit hours
In this skills-building course, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of the practice and principles of mediation. Emphasis is on learning the skills used by mediators, but also on becoming an effective advocate of a party in mediation. Mediation skills have become essential for attorneys working in all areas of practice, as clients demand cost-effective ways to resolve problems without litigation, and many courts require litigants to attempt resolution prior to trial. Class sessions will be devoted to a combination of lectures, mediation simulations, discussions, and videotaped mediation topics. Grades will be based upon: (1) the quality of class participation; (2) short written assignments; and (3) a written evaluation of a mediation. Class meets Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Due to the extensive use of exercises in which students must participate, class attendance is ESSENTIAL. Only one absence per semester will be permitted. A second absence will require completion of a significant make-up assignment. A third absence will result in failing the course. This course will be enrolled via waitlist. All enrolled and waitlisted students must attend the first class to be enrolled. Class size is limited to 18 students.
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY AT ALL CLASS SESSIONS. All enrolled and waitlisted students must be in attendance at the start of the first class session in order to be eligible for a seat in the class and must attend each class session in its entirety.