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”) before or during the semester they participate in the clinic. The training is offered as a two weekend immersive experience and It is anticipated that the training dates for 2021-2022 will be: October 2-3 and October 16-17, 2021 (Fall) OR February 5-6 and February 19-20, 2022 (Spring). 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 3, 2021.
LLM Students: LLM students may apply to the clinic through the LLM General Clinic Application.
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 for cases in Boston-area court sessions, including small claims cases and harassment prevention orders. Clinic students will: (1) complete HMP’s mandatory basic mediation training; (2) attend court sessions weekly to mediate or observe; and (3) work on projects to support HMP’s mediation services and mediation training. The court session commitments are subject to the courts’ schedules – generally Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning, or Tuesday afternoon, and usually entail about three hours per session. For more information about this clinic, including training session dates and scheduling information, please visit the Harvard Mediation Program website.