Students in the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) work on advanced client matters related to negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. In addition to applying the skills and concepts learned in Negotiation Workshop, students develop a new set of skills that may include:
- assisting an organization in conducting a conflict assessment;
- designing or evaluating a dispute resolution system;
- assessing an ongoing set of dispute management processes;
- resolving a current conflict or series of conflicts;
- facilitating learning dialogues;
- managing stakeholder assessments, including conducting interviews, running focus groups, and developing/implementing surveys; and
- leading teams and making client presentations
Each semester the clinic offers a mix of public, private, domestic, and international projects. Recent clients include federal and state agencies, nonprofits, religious organizations, transnational corporations, small start-up companies, professional sports teams, municipalities, local government officials, and universities.
Students in the clinic have the chance to manage senior level client relationships and are asked to work through difficult concepts and problems directly with clients and their clinical supervisor. Students work in a team of 2 to 4 students, typically collaborating on single project for one client during the entire semester. By working for a single client, students have the unique chance to collaborate on a project from start to finish. For an understanding of the kinds of projects clinic students undertake, you can read about current and past clients on the HNMCP website.
How to Register
The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, additional requirements and requisites, as well as the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.
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HNMCP: Fall 2016 ProjectsContinue Reading about HNMCP: Fall 2016 Projects
Six clinical projects in the fall of 2016 allowed us to: strategize with two very different Ombud’s offices to help them improve their internal dispute resolution services; work with a local housing co-operative on communications and decision-making skills around large communal projects; develop a curriculum on negotiation in a legislative context for an institute whose mission is to educate the public about the role of the Senate in our government.
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Reflections on the Intersection of Alternative Dispute Resolution and ActivismContinue Reading about Reflections on the Intersection of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Activism
On the surface, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and activism may appear to be in tension with each other. The former generally seeks to resolve conflicts through collaborative agreements, while the latter is often a public, vigorous campaign for one side. However, despite their apparent differences, there is significant overlap between these two fields and room for exchanging ideas.
Faculty and Staff
Robert Bordone (Clinical Professor and Founding Director)
(Assistant Director, Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Sara del Nido Budish (Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Rachel Krol (Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Adriel Borshansky (Clinical Fellow)
Tracy Blanchard (Clinical Administrator)
Christina Haines (Program Assistant)