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 2016, this seminar will meet for five days of intensive sessions as follows: 2/19, 12:15 - 4:45 p.m.; 2/20, 2/21, 3/19 and 3/20, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
If you are planning to take the MPRE in Spring 2016, the exam may conflict with this course because the MPRE will be offered on a Saturday in March or April. The date should be released by the National Conference of Bar Examiners in October and will be available at http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/mpre/test-dates-deadlines-and-fees/.
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.
Students in this course will be charged a course materials fee to cover commercial materials that the Law Center purchases at the faculty’s request on behalf of enrolled students. This additional fee will be placed directly on a student’s account on February 29, 2016. Students who drop the course will not be charged, but students who are approved to withdraw from the course after add/drop 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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||Costantino, Cathy A.