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2 or 3 Credit Hours

Prerequisites: RCC*. Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party--a mediator--facilitates the resolution of a dispute by promoting voluntary agreement by the parties. This course focuses on mediation advocacy, including the role of the advocate, as well as the skills needed by an advocate to achieve a satisfactory mediation outcome. Students will practice the skills needed by the mediation advocate--negotiating, persuading, framing alternatives on behalf of a client in neutral language, navigating perceived deadlocks, and drafting competent mediation agreements. Throughout the course, issues of confidentiality and ethics will be explored through a variety of legal settings, such as family law, labor law, commercial law, environmental law and community disputes. Satisfies the skills course requirement.

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