Students in the Mediation Clinic have the opportunity to learn and observe mediation in a classroom as well as conduct mediations. Students are assigned readings in mediation and related lawyering skills areas. Following an intensive three-day training session held at the beginning of the semester, including simulated mediation exercises, clinic students conduct actual mediations. They also have the opportunity to observe mediations in a variety of venues. Students must complete journals on their mediations, have regular tutorial sessions, participate in simulations (in class and recorded outside of class), and meet weekly as a group. Grades are based on student performance in simulations and in actual mediations, the quality of the journal entries, class participation and on a written take-home final exam. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 16 hours per week on clinic work.
This clinical course begins with a three-day intensive training in mediation and related lawyering skills. This training takes place the week before upper-level classes begin (Fall 2021: August 16, 17, 18, 19 and Spring 2022: January 12, 13, 14). After training, students are placed in New York Small Claims Court to perform mediation work. The mediation work takes place during times assigned by the court. Please note that students will mediate in court one session per week, but should keep both court times available for scheduling purposes.
Approved for Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding. Application is required, and can be found on the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning section of the NYLS Portal.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Government/Public Sector; Labor and Employment; Corporate Transactions and Governance; Health Care Management and Compliance; Labor and Employment (Corporate Perspective); Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution; General Practice – Transactional