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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Advanced Legal Research: Litigation and ADR

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Law I and II Course Description: This course provides students with an introduction to litigation- and ADR-related materials and advanced training on the finding and utilization of these materials. Topics covered will include form books, court rules and jury instructions, arbitrator and mediator research, trial technique research, interdisciplinary resources, …


Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace Seminar

This seminar will focus on the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution in the context of the workplace, including arbitration and mediation. Issues involving both labor arbitration and arbitration of individual employee disputes will be addressed, as will issues relevant to the mediation of employment disputes.


Comparative Dispute Resolution

This course will examine methods of dispute resolution used in other countries and compare them to those employed in the United States. We will explore how differences in culture, religion, history, and legal institutions affect the way people resolve conflicts with readings, video, and simulation exercises. Readings will include materials on cultural differences in conflict …


Disability Discrimination

Course Description: The course explores legal and policy issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Fair Housing Act Amendments, employing traditional statutory and case law analysis. Course emphasizes education law including both K-12 and higher education. Students will complete a practical exercise …


Dispute Resolution in Employment

Course Description: This course offers skills and strategies for effective resolution of employment disputes in non-union work environments, with a focus on avoiding litigation. Students will discuss statutory and common law relevant to the workplace and apply that background in interactive exercises involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and other workplace disputes.


Dispute Resolution Processes: Theory & Practice

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: This course surveys the basic processes and variations with an emphasis on the lawyer as an advocate for clients. Skill building is practiced through simulation exercises. The course is especially appropriate for a student who wants to take only a single dispute …


Dispute System Design Workshop

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Another course in dispute resolution, taken prior to this class or during the same semester that you take this class Course Description: This is a course to prepare you to design new forums for particular disputes and also to design, or modify, disputing systems for series …


Employment Discrimination Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: This course addresses developments in civil rights law in the context of the workplace. We will look at the growing body of law designed to protect against discrimination based on race, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation. The main …


Employment Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course focuses on federal and state regulation of the employment relationship, including constitutional, statutory, and common-law restrictions on employer activities. Subjects covered include negligent hiring and retention, invasion of privacy, wrongful discharge, and unemployment insurance, among other topics.


Ethics and ADR Seminar

This course offers both a survey in professional responsibility and in-depth application of the law governing lawyers to alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  Grading is based on a pass/fail exam over the basic provisions of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and a substantial research paper involving a legal ethical issue as applied to the ADR …


Federal Courts

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: This course examines the scope of and limitations upon the federal judicial power under Article III of the Constitution. It is organized around three themes: (1) Separation of Powers, (2) Federalism, and (3) Enforcement of Federal Rights. Specific topics covered include standing and justiciability, jurisdiction-stripping, among other …


International Business Arbitration

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course examines the international arbitration process and the legal framework of private contract, national law, and international treaties in which it operates. The course is relevant to lawyers with either a transactional or a litigation practice in an increasingly globalized world.


International Dispute Resolution

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 7118 or 761L. Course Description: This course surveys the dispute settlement mechanisms available for resolving disputes between nation states. It is organized around the classic categories of the field: negotiation, mediation, fact-finding, conciliation, arbitration, and adjudication. Special emphasis is on adjudication. Commercial …


Issues in Arbitration

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course explores the law, theory and practice of arbitration. Students will engage in arbitration simulations as both a representative and as an arbitrator. Evaluation will be based on in-class work, class participation, arbitrator opinions and exam.


Jurisprudence of ADR

Course Description: An examination of the fundamental normative values, principles and practices that shape the design and implementation of the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other ‘private’ dispute resolution


Labor Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 8103.01 Course Description: This course will explore federal regulation of labor-management relations in private sector, focusing upon employee organizational and representational rights; selection of bargaining representative; collective bargaining process; contract administration and enforcement; and the union’s duty of fair representation.


Labor Law, Labor Arbitration and Collective Bargaining Negotiation

Course Description: This course will cover substantive labor law issues as well as the modern practice of labor law, including negotiating a collective bargaining agreement and arbitrating grievances.


Law and Social Science

Course Description: This course introduces students to the use of social science evidence by legal practitioners and courts at all levels. Such evidence is used, for example, in cases involving issues of trademark infringement, obscenity, discrimination, identification of criminal offenders, potential jury prejudice, eyewitness reliability, sexual assault, self-defense, dangerousness, and the fashioning of remedies.


Lawyers as Leaders

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: Through the cases and exercises, students will gain experience analyzing issues, exercising judgment, and making difficult decisions – the hallmarks of skillful leadership. The objective of the course is to help students think more broadly about leadership, increase their appreciation for the variety of leadership roles …


Legal Negotiations and Settlements

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This highly interactive course is designed to familiarize students with theories, skills and ethics involved in legal negotiation. Through simulations and role-play exercises, students will gain first-hand experience in applying negotiation techniques. This course will aim to provide students with tools to prepare for, conduct, and analyze …


Mediation Clinic

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course provides opportunities to develop skills as a mediator, along with basic study of mediation law and policy issues. The course combines the features of a regular law school class, a clinic, and a seminar (satisfying either the seminar requirement or the experiential course requirement, but …


Middle East Conflict Seminar

Course Description: Seminar participants will be asked to write a single research paper on a topic relating to the Israeli-Palestinian territorial conflict, and to make an oral presentation on that topic at a meeting of the seminar. Topics may be oriented to modes of resolving the conflict, to particular manifestations of the conflict, or to …


Negotiation & Mediation

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Must be a current second or third year student Course Description: This course offers skills and strategies for effective negotiation and mediation advocacy emphasizing the importance of building working relationships and achieving better outcomes in individual and group negotiation and mediation. Two broad objectives have been built into the …


Remedies

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The study of the general principles of remedies, integrating public-law and private- law forms of relief. Topics include compensation, punitive damages, damages in civil rights cases, injunctive relief for constitutional violations, specific performance, governmental immunity, declaratory judgment, restitution, and fee-shifting.


Resolving Community Civil Rights Disputes

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course focuses on conflicts that divide a community and involve public policy issues such as civil rights, racial justice and economic inequality through simulations and discussion. This course is part of the Distinguished Practitioners in Residence program.


Special Education Advocacy

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be an advocate on behalf of children with disabilities. It is a highly practical course in which students are expected to be highly prepared for each class session and be actively involved in the simulations and other class work. Topics include: Initiating a Special Education …