J.D. Seminar 317
| 3 credit hours
This seminar is an interactive workshop designed to teach the practice and principles of joint problem-solving and to improve students' negotiating skills. Students will be expected to read, write, discuss, critique, and participate in simulated disputes, both in and outside of class. The simulations are designed to familiarize students with the negotiating process, to plan and prepare for negotiations, to identify and experiment with individual negotiating styles and to raise ethical and practical questions. Simulations are taken from a variety of practice areas, including community, commercial, environmental, interpersonal, litigation, and transactional disputes. The effect of gender, culture, power, politics, impasse, and attitude toward conflict will also be explored. The course will also offer an introduction to use of alternative dispute resolution and designing conflict management systems as a means to break negotiation impasse.
Students learn to negotiate by participating in simulations, studying and discussing negotiation theory and principles, analyzing negotiation exercises, and critiqued. They will analyze their own negotiations by maintaining a weekly journal throughout the seminar.
The class meets one Friday afternoon and four weekend days. Attendance at all sessions is required to fulfill class commitment and students must attend the first class to be enrolled. Grades will be based on class participation, development and application of negotiation skills, the quality of the student's journal (including analysis, application of theory and principles, self-reflection, creativity, style, and organization), and a five-page paper.
Prerequisite: Completion of all first year courses, except Property and Criminal Justice (or Democracy and Coercion), or Criminal Procedure, is required.
Students may not receive credit for both this seminar and the Negotiations and Mediation Seminar or Negotiations and Drafting Seminar.
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.
In Fall 2015, this seminar will meet for five days of intensive sessions as follows: 10/16, 12:15 - 4:45 p.m.; 10/17 and 10/18, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; and 11/7 and 11/8, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
According to the National Conference of Bar Examiners on their website at http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/mpre/test-dates-deadlines-and-fees/, the MPRE is scheduled for November 7, 2015. Students who plan to take the MPRE on November 7 may not receive credit for this seminar and will not receive a waiver of the mandatory attendance requirement.
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 October 28, 2015. 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.