Conflict Management Systems Design Seminar
J.D. Seminar 363
| 3 credit hours
This seminar is an interactive workshop designed to introduce students to the theory, principles and practice of conflict management systems design with the goal of training students to assume this new and creative professional role. Lawyers are increasingly being called upon to act not simply as litigators or deal-makers, but also as “process architects” for institutions, organizations and governments. In addition, they are being asked to design, tailor and manage systems to handle ‘streams” of disputes in an effective and efficient manner, such as those arising from mass torts, natural disasters and government programs.
Students will be expected to read, write, discuss, critique and participate in simulated exercises. After an overview of conflict management theory and principle, students will, though readings and discussions, study actual systems that reflect conflict management systems design principles. Then through a series of hands-on role plays and simulations, students will have the opportunity to develop systems design skills and work on a mock consulting team during class. The practical and ethical implications of systems design work will be explored, as well as opportunities for synthesis of systems design skills into legal practice.
The class meets one Friday afternoon and two Saturdays (all day) and two Sundays (all day). Due to the intensive and interactive nature of the seminar, attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. Grades will be based on class participation, submission of a five -page “response paper” in advance of the second weekend session (commenting on and critiquing one of the case studies), and a 15-page final seminar paper analyzing a current dispute system, designing a new system or proposing a new framework for the systems design field.
Given the advanced nature of the class, there is a pre-requisite of a law school course in Negotiation, Mediation or a law school ADR Course.
Prerequisite: A three-credit course on Negotiations, Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution. Neither the Negotiations Seminar (LAWJ-317-02) offered in Week One for one credit nor any section of International Negotiations offered for two credits satisfy the prerequisite for this class.
In Spring 2017, this seminar will meet for five days of intensive sessions as follows: 1/27, 1:15 - 5:30 p.m.; 1/28, 1/29, 2/11 and 2/12, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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.
There is a course materials fee for this course, which covers outside vendor materials purchased on behalf of all enrolled students (these materials are distributed as part of the course’s in-class assignments and exercises). This fee is posted to your student account in August (for Fall courses) or December (for Spring courses), or as soon as you are enrolled in the course, whichever is later. Students who drop the course will be refunded the amount. Students approved to withdraw will not be refunded.
A student will be permitted to drop a course that meets for the first time after the add/drop period, without a transcript notation, if a student submits a written request to the Office of the Registrar prior to the start of the second class meeting. Withdrawals are permitted up until the last class for this specific course.
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