Your browser does not support JavaScript

Alert COVID-19 Update

Harvard University and Harvard Law School will shift to remote teaching and learning beginning Monday, March 23. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the HLS coronavirus information page.


Student Work

Student Work

Students in the Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic work on advanced client matters related to negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. In addition to applying the skills and concepts learned in Negotiation Workshop, students develop a new set of skills that may include:

  • assisting an organization in conducting a conflict assessment;
  • designing or evaluating a dispute resolution system;
  • assessing an ongoing set of dispute management processes;
  • resolving a current conflict or series of conflicts;
  • facilitating learning dialogues;
  • managing stakeholder assessments, including conducting interviews, running focus groups, and developing/implementing surveys; and
  • leading teams and making client presentations

Each semester the clinic offers a mix of public, private, domestic, and international projects. Recent 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 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 an understanding of the kinds of projects clinic students undertake, you can read about current and past clients on the Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic’s website.

How to Register

How to Register

The Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semester.  The Negotiation Workshop is a pre-requisite for this clinic.  You can learn about the required clinical course component, additional requirements and requisites, as well as the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

In the News

In the News

  • Applying Negotiation Skills in the Foreign Service

    Continue Reading about Applying Negotiation Skills in the Foreign Service
    Continue Reading
  • Student Spotlight: Corey Linehan ’18

    Continue Reading about Student Spotlight: Corey Linehan ’18
    Continue Reading



Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program
Pound Hall 513
Harvard Law School
(617) 496-7109
Clinic’s Website