Mediation and Dispute Resolution Course Descriptions

  • This list is subject to change. Course descriptions can also be found in Section 4.9 of the Manual of Policies and Procedures.

    902 DISPUTE RESOLUTION (2 credits): Study of the major alternatives to litigation for the resolution of disputes including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and court-annexed procedures. Theoretical materials applied in simulated exercises. NOTE: Students enrolling in the summer intensive format version of this course are not to work during the course. Classes run from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM every day from Monday through Saturday. A final exam is given the following Tuesday.

    903 BUSINESS NEGOTIATION (2 credits) This course is designed for students who have taken the Negotiation course and wish to learn about the use of negotiation in the business environment. A student who completes this course will acquire: a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of business negotiation necessary for successful negotiation in business; the skills and abilities necessary to engage successfully in negotiation in various business and organization settings; an understanding of how the discipline of law relates to business negotiation; the ability to identify problems, create solutions, innovate, and improve current practices in business negotiations; and the ability to think creatively to reach mutually satisfactory negotiated outcomes in business.  Prerequisites: 904.

    904 NEGOTIATION (2 or 3 credits): Selected materials in negotiation, the process by which lawyers resolve 90% of their clients' legal problems. Topics include selecting appropriate strategies for a particular negotiation, planning for a negotiation, and implementing strategy, selecting tactics and considering ethical issues of misrepresentation and zealous advocacy. NOTE: Students enrolling in the summer intensive format version of this course are not to work during the course. Classes run from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM every day from Monday through Saturday. A final exam is given the following Tuesday.

    905 GENERAL ARBITRATION (2 credits): An examination of the use of arbitration as an alternate adjudicative process. The course will discuss all aspects of arbitration, including compulsory arbitration, arbitration clauses, the Federal Arbitration Act, post-hearing processes for formal arbitration, and public policy issues.

    906 AN EXAMINATION OF CONFLICT AND DESIGNING OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESSES (2credits): This course will aid the student in exploring the root causes of conflict, as well as an examination of the various multidisciplinary approaches to substantive legal dispute processing and conflict resolution. This will involve a study of the disciplines of law, social psychology, anthropology and cross-cultural negotiation as well as an overview of communication theory as it applies to the practice of law and conflict resolution in a today’s complex legal environment. Dispute resolution processes currently in use in by government agencies, private entities, environmental and health practitioners will be explored from the legal standpoint as it relates to legal, anthropology (cross-cultural), social psychology and communication theory in the de-escalation of significant conflicts.

    Further, this course will aid the student in acquiring the foundational knowledge necessary to develop, design, implement, regulate and evaluate dispute resolution processes and programs in the legal, court, governmental, environmental, public policy and business arenas. Course topics will focus on developing knowledge of research methods, data collection, data analysis, critical thinking, analytical writing, rulemaking process, and negotiation between different layers of government and organizational behavior – all skills that are indispensable to these efforts. Pre-requisites: None.

    907 MULTI-DISCIPLINARY DR (2 credits): This course will be a highly interactive skill based approach concerning communication messages that surround cultural and gender interaction in both negotiation and mediation. The student will learn how different cultures respond to conflict, uncertainty avoidance, direct and indirect communication, power distance and apologies.


    910 MEDIATION (2 credits): This course approaches mediation from the advocate’s perspective. Students will develop a sophisticated understanding of mediation and will learn when to use mediation as a settlement process. Learning objectives will be met through in class role-plays, reading assignments, written analysis of mediation role-plays, and a final examination.

    911 DIVORCE MEDIATION (3 credits) Mediation in the domestic/divorce arena combines a thorough understanding of the basic skills of mediation with the substantive knowledge of the relevant issues on divorce such as custody, visitation, support and property division. The student will receive education and training that will explore these areas as well as provide the necessary educational requirements to comply with the standard divorce/domestic mediation certification. This course will be developed to comply with Ohio Supreme Court requirements for a 40 hour course. NOTE: Students enrolling in the summer intensive format version of this course are not to work during the course. Classes run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day from Monday through Saturday. A final exam is given the following Tuesday. Prerequisites: 910

    913 HEALTH CARE & DISPUTE RESOLUTION (2 credits) This course seeks to offer a framework for understanding dispute resolution in healthcare by providing a historical perspective on American healthcare’s evolution to its present structure. It identifies major players interacting in the current American healthcare setting, highlights key components in healthcare dispute resolution, underscores ethical considerations endemic to healthcare, and anticipates future evolution in health care and dispute resolution. An examination of the use of dispute resolution in the health care industry with emphasis on issues of mediating bioethical disputes such as how much care to provide, the allocation of scare recourses, death and dying, the suspension of care, the interaction of the family and the health care provider, medical ethics, including a review of case studies of different existing models of dispute resolution currently being used and an examination of emerging and future issues affecting dispute resolution in the health care industry.

    941 MEDIATION CLINIC (3 credits): A clinical experience for students who have completed the Mediation or Mediation Skills Practicum. Students will mediate disputes in a variety of settings including Small Claims Court, Municipal Court, and the Night Prosecutor Program. Additionally, students will mediate disputes referred directly to the clinic. Prerequisites: 910.