Summer Dispute Resolution (SDR) Institute - Capital University Law School

Summer Dispute Resolution (SDR) Institute

  • One Great Summer Program. Four Career-Changing Weeks. 

    Capital University Law School invites you to spend part of your summer at the Summer Dispute Resolution Institute in Columbus, Ohio. 2017 marks the seventh year that Capital Law has offered this four week program. Law students, attorneys and Alternative Dispute Resolution professionals from around the United States converge upon Capital Law School to take advantage of our extensive institute. Courses are taught by leaders in the ADR movement and professors who are experts in the field. Don't miss out on the opportunity to gain advanced skills in this growing area of law.    

    Practicing attorneys are invited to register to take Summer Dispute Resolution Institute courses. See, Information for practicing attorneys to register.

    Questions? Contact the Office of Admission at 614.236.6310 or

  • 2017 Summer Dispute Resolution Institute Courses 

    Negotiation (2 cr. hrs.)  July 17-21, 8:00 am - 1:10 pm 
    This course covers 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.

    Business Negotiations (2 cr. hrs.) July 24-28, 8:00 am to 1:10 pm   
    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: Negotiations.

    Dispute Resolution (2 cr. hrs.)   July 24-28, 8:00 am to 1:10 pm   
    This course covers the 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.

    Labor & Employment Arbitration (2 cr. hrs.)   July 17-21, 12:00 pm to 5:10 pm  
    This course will cover the origin and development of labor arbitration as well as examine state and federal labor arbitration laws, arbitration rules, and major arbitration decisions. The mechanics of the arbitration process and evidential and due process issues will also be covered. This course will conclude with a mock arbitration hearing, including the writing of a brief for arbitration and an arbitration opinion. 

    Mediation (2 cr. hrs.)   July 31-August 4, 8:00 am to 1:10 pm   
    This course approaches mediation from the mediator as well as 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.

    Divorce Mediation (3 cr. hrs.)   August 7 -11, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
    This course 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. Prerequisites or co-requisite: Mediation. Note: Course approved by Ohio Supreme Court requirements for a 40 hours of actual class time/ 40 hours CLE. 

    Mediation of  Workplace Disputes (2 cr. hrs.)  August 7-11, 12:00 pm to 5:10 pm  
    This course will expose students to various theoretical and practical approaches to mediating workplace disputes. Students will explore how the use and application of the mediation process can be used as a tool to resolve workplace disputes in lieu of protracted litigation.The major focus of the course will be on the challenges and limitations of resolving workplace claims filed under various employment statues and common law, e.g., wrongful termination, Title VII, Family Medical Act, American With Disabilities, Sexual Harassment, etc. Students will identify the causes of workplace disputes which could lead to a violation of various employment laws and regulations. More importantly, students will explore how such disputes can be resolved through mediation.

    The course will also exam how state and federal courts, governmental agencies, and corporations use mediation to resolve internal and external workplace disputes. Students will examine controversial issues such as mandatory mediation of workplace disputes, fairness and imbalance of power in workplace mediation, emerging ethical issues in the use of workplace mediation, and cultural competence in workplace mediation. Through demonstration, structured exercises, simulations, role-play and group discussion, student will explore how to effectively represent clients during mediation. Students will also draft legal settlement agreements, prepare demand letters, and case evaluations for mediation.