Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
Required Class Component: Mediation Clinical Seminar (1 spring classroom credit). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in this required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: Clinic students must complete the entirety of the mandatory basic mediation training with the Harvard Mediation Program (“HMP”), offered as a two weekend immersive experience. It is anticipated that the spring semester training dates will be February 6-7 and 20-21 . For more information regarding the basic mediation training, including confirmed training dates, please visit the Harvard Mediation Program website. Students must be able to participate in the full four days of training (or have previously completed HMP’s basic training course) to be eligible to mediate.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: December 4, 2020.
LLM Students: This clinic is not available to LLM students, with limited exceptions by permission.
Placement Site: HLS and Boston-area courts.
Clinic placements are with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), and entail the opportunity to observe and conduct mediations in Boston-area court sessions for small claims cases and harassment prevention orders. Clinic students must (1) complete HMP’s mandatory basic mediation training, (2) attend a court session weekly to mediate or observe; and (3) work one hour per week in the HMP office.The court session commitment is the same day and time every week – generally Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning, or Tuesday afternoon as detailed in the HMP application, and usually requires about three hours, including travel time.For more information about this clinic, including training session dates and scheduling information, please visit the
Harvard Mediation Program website.