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Tulane Law School strives to create opportunities that enhance our students' practical skillsets in order to better prepare them for their jobs following law school. Through partnerships with local legal professionals, alumni, employers and law school faculty, Tulane Law works to supplement the classroom experience with programs such as Intersession "Boot Camp", externships, judicial clerkships and pro bono opportunities.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Course Description
Alternative methods of dispute resolution have become part of the processing of a wide range of disputes in our society. Negotiation is still the most frequent way to resolve disputes, both before and after suit is filed. Increasing numbers of cases are voluntarily submitted to mediation, and many state and federal courts order mediation or court-annexed reality-testing processes (e.g., minitrial, summary, jury trial, early neutral evaluation, arbitration) as an integral part of litigation. This course provides an overview of the major types of alternative dispute resolution. It includes theories underlying the operation of these processes, statutory and case law that governs their application in law suits, and simulated exercises. This is not a training course for being a negotiator, mediator, or arbitrator although it will provide a certificate of basic mediator training for court appointment. This course has the objective of exposing students to the ADR processes with a particular emphasis on the role of lawyers in using them. Students will perform roles in a number of mock negotiations, mediations, and court-annexed processes designed to provide a better understanding of how they work in the legal context. The course will involve a significant amount of role-play negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations with accompanying evaluation. This course will be graded as Pass, C, or Fail. Grades will be based on class participation and on short written papers (dealing with course material and fact situations) that will occasionally be assigned a week in advance. There will be no final exam. This course will count toward the professional skills requirement and will also count as a simulation course. NOTE: Students who took Intercultural Negotiation & Mediation in Berlin; Prof. Feldman’s Negotiation & Dispute Resolution or Prof. Jackson’s Mediation Seminar cannot take this class. (3 credits)
Upcoming Semester Offered
Spring 2015

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