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Student Work

Clinic placements are with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), where students are given an opportunity to observe and conduct mediations in small claims courts in court sessions for small claims cases and harassment prevention orders in the Boston area. Clinic students must complete HMP’s 32-hour basic mediation training and mediate or observe in small claims court every week during the fall semester and work one hour per week in the HMP office. The court commitment is the same day and time every week and usually requires about three hours, including travel time. Clinic students also keep a weekly journal reflecting on their mediation experiences and write a short “final report” at the end of the semester. The HMP mediation training is required of all students. For more information about this clinic, including scheduling information, please visit the Harvard Mediation Program website.

How to Register

You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

Faculty and Staff

David Hoffman (Lecturer on Law)


Harvard Mediation Program
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Pound 513
Cambridge, MA 02138