Professor Amy Cohen
Fall 2015 course
M, T 1:00pm - 2:30pm in WCC Room 3016
3 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

Students will write a research paper in lieu of a final exam. Students will also write three short papers during the semester reflecting on the readings.

This course explores the theory and practice of mediation and how it is changing the practice of law. We will study the history and development of mediation in North America, the legal debates surrounding its emergence, its foundational characteristics and principles, and the regulatory, legal, and ethical rules that now govern its use. We will complement this analysis of mediation with exercises and participation in role-plays so that students can experience the practice of mediation. We will conclude with a look at other forms of dispute processing that share features in common with mediation, such as problem-solving courts and case studies of extralegal dispute resolution processes in other contexts and cultures.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice, Disciplinary Perspectives & Law