Alternative Dispute Resolution Courses

Qualifying course offerings can change from semester to semester. For a complete list for the current academic year, check the student handbook or contact the Law School Registrar.


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  • ADR / Alternative Dispute Resolution , JURI: 5735 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course introduces the law and practices of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration through in-class discussions and role-playing exercises that simulate the work of lawyers in these contexts. Each student will be graded on class participation in the role-playing exercises and on a paper submitted at the end of the semester.

  • Business Negotiations , JURI: 4211 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will focus on negotiations theory, strategy, skills, and style in the context of business transactions as well as business disputes. Students will participate in simulated negotiations and will prepare written assignments and a comprehensive appraisal in lieu of a final exam.

  • Dispute Resolution & Systems Design , JURI: 5730 , Credit Hours: 3
    In a world of settlement, this course prepares students to effectively represent clients through an understanding of the design and strategic election between ADR processes, and development of best practices as counsel in each process. Both private processes (arbitration, negotiation, mediation) and public tribunals (domestic and international) are studied.

  • International Arbitration , JURI: 4720 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will examine the legal regime governing international commercial arbitration. Topics will include the enforcement of arbitration agreements, arbitral procedure and the enforcement of arbitral awards. The course also will consider how to draft arbitral clauses.

  • Interviewing, Counseling, & Negotiating , JURI: 5420 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course focuses upon theories of psychology, sociology, and conflict resolution, as applied to three of the most fundamental skills for litigators — interviewing, counseling, and negotiating. Students then have the opportunity to hone these skills through hands-on, practice based simulations.

  • Labor Arbitration , JURI: 4770 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course is organized in three distinct parts. Part 1 will explore the historical and legal development of labor arbitration and its relationship to collective bargaining. Part 2 will address common issues including evidence, discipline and discharge, and contract interpretation. Part 3 will consist of three simulated, mock arbitration hearings. In each mock arbitration students will rotate between the roles of union counsel, management counsel, and arbitrator. Counsel will write post-hearing briefs, and arbitrators will write decisions. There is no final exam in this course. Student grades will be based on a combination of class participation (5%), self-evaluations (5%) and the 3 mock arbitrations (25% for the first, 30% for the second, and 35% for the third.) Grades for the mock arbitrations will be based on post-hearing briefs by the advocates and decisions by the arbitrators. This course meets the requirements of a practical skills course and will include a student self-evaluation component to be assigned during the course.  There are no required prerequisite courses for the labor arbitration course.  This class is capped at 18.

  • Labor Law , JURI: 4760 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines National Labor Relations Act, focusing on history and evolution of labor relations laws, union organizational activity, collective bargaining, economic weapons, the duty of fair representation, and federalism and labor relations.

  • Mediation Practicum I , JURI: 5975 , Credit Hours: 3
    The course consists of in-class, simulation-based training, including interactive training on the mediation process, the role and competencies of the mediator, ethical and regulatory rules governing mediation and a series of specific topics of mediation practice. It also includes an introduction to small claims court and to the primary legal issues that students will encounter in practice. This course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution ("GODR") for the training of court-certified mediators.

  • Mediation Practicum II , JURI: 5976S , Credit Hours: 3
    This clinical course includes four primary components: 1) solo mediation of selected cases in the Clarke County Magistrate Court, 2) weekly two-hour class sessions which will combine in-depth assessments of completed cases and integrated discussions of readings in mediation theory and practice, 3) advanced readings on mediation and dispute resolution theory, and 4) regular periodic reflective writing in the form of two journals and a learning appraisal. Students will meet individually with the clinical supervisor for individual feedback and evaluation.