J.D. Seminar 317
| 3 credit hours
This intensive, interactive seminar is designed to teach participants the theory and practice of effective negotiation and negotiation advocacy so that they may improve their skill in joint problem solving and joint decision making. Negotiation skills are best learned by doing, so this seminar includes numerous opportunities for participants to enact the skills, principles, and approaches learned. The simulations and activities are designed to familiarize students with the negotiating process, help them prepare for entering and conducting a formal negotiation, teach them to identify and engage in the types of informal negotiations that occur every day, allow them to experiment with various styles and techniques, and introduce a variety of practical and ethical problems that they might encounter. Simulations are derived from a range of practice areas, including interpersonal, commercial, transactional, and international disputes, among others. The effects of culture, gender, power, politics, psychology, neuroscience, and personal conflict styles will be examined. Participants will apply their negotiation skills in the real world and evaluate the results. The course will also explore the use of alternative dispute resolution and conflict management systems to break or avert impasse in negotiation and facilitate the constructive handling of conflict.
Participants will learn to negotiate by actively engaging in simulations and discussions, analyzing negotiation exercises, receiving critique, keeping a reflective journal that addresses the links between theory and practice, conducting a negotiation outside of class and then presenting the lessons learned, and writing a formal negotiation preparation memo about a newsworthy negotiation. This class meets on two Friday afternoons (1:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.) and four weekend days (9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.); attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Grades will be based on class participation, development and application of negotiation skills, journal quality (including analysis, application of theory and principles, self-reflection, creativity, style, organization, and grammar), an analytical paper, and a presentation.
Prerequisite: Completion of all first year courses except Property and Criminal Justice (or Democracy and Coercion), or Criminal Procedure is required. Recommended: prior or concurrent enrollment in a professional responsibility course.
Students may not receive credit for both this seminar and the Negotiations and Mediation Seminar or Negotiations and Drafting Seminar.
In Spring 2017, this seminar will meet for 6 days of intensive sessions as follows: 2/17 and 3/31, 1:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.; 2/18, 2/19, 4/1 and 4/2, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 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.
If you are planning to take the MPRE in Spring 2017, 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/exams/mpre/registration/.
Students in this course will be charged a course materials fee to cover course materials that the Law Center purchases at the faculty’s request on behalf of enrolled students. This course materials fee will be posted to your student account over the summer or as soon as you are registered for the course. 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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||Linkins, Julie R.