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Required Class Component: Mediation Clinical Seminar (1 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 program with the student-led Harvard Mediation Program (“HMP”) before or during the semester that they participate in the clinic. The HMP training is offered as a two weekend immersive experience and it is anticipated that the training dates for 2023 will be: September 23-24 and September 30-October 1. For more information regarding HMP’s basic mediation training program, 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 mediation training program) to be eligible to mediate.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: August 18, 2023.
LLM Students: LLM students may enroll in this clinic through Helios.
Placement Site: HLS and Boston-area courts.
Clinic placements are coordinated with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) student practice organization, 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 program; (2) participate in mediating or observing mediations at court sessions on an approximately weekly basis after training is completed; and (3) work on projects to support HMP’s mediation services and mediation training. Timing of many of the mediation sessions are subject to the courts’ schedules – generally mornings on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, or afternoons on Tuesday or Friday, and usually entail about three hours per session. For more information about this clinic, including training program dates and scheduling information, please visit the Harvard Mediation Program website.