Required Class Component: Mediation (3 spring classroom credits). Some seats are reserved for clinical students. Once a student enrolls in this clinic, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will enroll them in the required course. If a student drops this clinic, they will also lose their seat in the required class component.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: January 15, 2016.
LLM Students: LLM students are not eligible to apply.
Placement Site: HLS.
Mandatory Trainings: All students must attend a mandatory training sessions in either October (the 3rd-4th & 17th-18th) or February (the 6th-7th & 20th-21st).
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 spring semester and work one hour per week in the HMP office. The court commitment is the same day and time every week [see HMP application for court schedules] 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, and will occur in October (10/3-10/4 & 10/17-10/18) and February (2/6-2/7 & 2/20-2/21). For more information about this clinic, including scheduling information, please visit the
Harvard Mediation Program website.