Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic

Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic

Professor Rachel Viscomi
Spring 2020 clinic
2, 3, 4, or 5 clinical credits

Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.

Enrollment in this clinic may fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement depending on project assignment. Please contact the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (clinical@law.harvard.edu) for more information.

Required Class Component: Dispute Systems Design Clinical Seminar (1 spring classroom credit). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: Negotiation Workshop. Students must have completed the Negotiation Workshop prior to enrolling in the clinic. Failure to meet the pre-requisite by the clinic's add/drop deadline will result in the student being dropped from this clinic and the required course. Students enrolled in the winter-spring 2020 Negotiation Workshop will qualify for meeting this pre-requisite.

Add/Drop Deadline: December 6, 2019.

LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.

Placement Site: HLS.

Please note: Students who enroll in this spring clinic who have not yet taken the Negotiation Workshop must enroll in the winter-spring 2020 Negotiation Workshop to keep their clinical enrollment. Enrollment in the winter-spring 2020 Negotiation Workshop is completely separate from clinical registration. Students who enroll in this spring clinic but then fail to enroll in the winter-spring Negotiation Workshop will lose their seat in this spring clinic.

Students in the Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic advise clients on how they can more effectively engage conflict within an organization. Students may assist an organization in conducting a conflict assessment, designing a dispute resolution system, assessing an ongoing set of dispute management processes, or resolving a current conflict or series of conflicts. Students will augment the skills and concepts learned in Negotiation Workshop with a new set of skills that may include conducting interviews for stakeholder assessments, facilitating learning dialogues, running focus groups, leading teams, and presenting to clients. Past 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 will 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 a listing of current and past clinic clients, please visit our website. 

The Negotiation Workshop is a required prerequisite for the Dispute Systems Design Clinic.

If you have questions about the clinic, feel free to email Tracy Blanchard at tblanchard@law.harvard.edu.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice