The Mediation Clinic not only provides a solid basis for those students who would like to make mediation a part of their legal practice but also includes mediation training, which can help foster a collaborative problem-solving orientation to the student’s practice of law. Students will learn to evaluate the benefits and limitations of mediation and other dispute resolution processes so they can both counsel their future clients about their choices and, as potential policy makers, make informed judgments about dispute resolution systems design. One major goal of the Mediation Clinic is to improve the student’s ability to represent clients effectively by improving listening, questioning, persuasion and problem-solving skills through the context of mediation.
Structure of the Mediation Clinic
At the beginning of the semester, the students participate in a basic mediation skills training, which includes lectures, simulations and other interactive exercises. Then the students become apprentice mediators (either observing or co-mediating) under the supervision of the Mediation Clinic faculty. As the year progresses, students mediate disputes on their own in the various placements such as the Dane County Courthouse. The practice portion of the Mediation Clinic is accompanied by a weekly class where the students focus on the theoretical aspects of mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Each student also gives a presentation on conflict resolution to high school, college, community or other audiences and writes a scholarly paper.
For More Information
For more information about the Mediation Clinic, please contact:
Professor Donna Erez-Navot
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall, Room 1344
Madison, Wisconsin 53706