J.D. Practicum 1190
| 5 credit hours
Mediation and negotiation skills have become essential for attorneys working in all areas of practice. Clients are demanding cost-effective ways to resolve problems without litigation, and many courts require litigants to attempt resolution prior to trial. This course will teach the fundamentals of best practices for the mediation of legal disputes. The students will first learn mediation practice and then have the opportunity to work on progressively more difficult cases that have been filed with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC).
The classroom seminar portion will be conducted at the beginning of the semester over four days: September 6-7 (the first weekend of classes) and September 20- 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day. Full attendance and participation will be required for all four days.
Class readings and lectures draw on the latest work of prominent practitioners and researchers, exploring the legal, practice, contextual and ethical issues that comprise and inform a skilled mediator’s work. Students will work in a series of mediation exercises and simulations, playing the parts of mediator, parties and attorneys. The varied roles will give the student the opportunity to observe and receive immediate feedback from all perspectives.
In the field component, the students will work with several OSC units to resolve complaints of Prohibited Personnel Practices and/or violations of the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). A required Field Study seminar will be held every other Thursday from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. at the offices of the US Office of Special Counsel in downtown Washington, DC.
Prerequisites: J.D. students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective). This course is only open to students who are concurrently enrolled in Professor Juliano and Professor Gallagher's Mediation Seminar, or who have successfully completed Professor Sellers or Professor Costantino's Mediation Seminar.
Mutually Excluded Courses: Students may not receive credit for this practicum class and Mediation Seminar. Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum and an externship or a clinic (except Street Law) or another practicum course.
Students who wish to receive credit for the Externship Seminar and a practicum course that has the same field placement may do so only if: (1) the practicum course is taken in a semester following the Externship Seminar; and (2) the student receives permission from the Assistant or the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs. To receive such permission, the student must explain in writing how the practicum course field work would serve substantially different learning goals than did their externship field placement.
Note: THIS IS A PRACTICUM COURSE.
This is a 5 credit course. Three credits will be awarded for the seminar portion of the class (to be held on September 6, 7, 20, and 21 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and on the following Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the following dates: September 12 and 26, October 10 and 24, November 7 and 21, and December 5). Two credits will be awarded for the field work (10 hours a week for 11 weeks). The supervised work must be completed during normal business hours. The seminar portion will be graded. The 2 credits of supervised work is mandatory pass/fail and counts toward the 7 credit pass/fail limit. Students will be allowed to take another course pass/fail in the same semester as the supervised work
The classroom seminar portion will be conducted at the beginning of the semester over four days: September 6-7 and September 20- 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day. Full attendance and participation will be required for all four days.
THIS COURSE REQUIRES PROFESSOR PERMISSION TO ENROLL. Please submit the following to Professor Juliano at email@example.com no later than 5:00 p.m. on May17, 2013: 1) Resume; and 2) Statement of Interest. Interviews will be conducted for a select group of students on a rolling basis prior to June 7.
Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and practicum components and may not take either component separately. A student wishing to withdraw from the course will be withdrawn from both the seminar and field work components.
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