Mediation Clinic

The Mediation Clinic immerses students in mediation theory, practice, techniques and ethics while allowing them to mediate live cases with actual clients. In addition, students may have the opportunity to work directly with ambassadors at the United Nations, foreign governmental officials, other transnational organizations, and American Indian tribal leaders on mediation practice and systems design.

This clinic has several goals:

  • To give students the opportunity to improve their ability to represent clients by helping them practice skills that are important to effective problem solving and wise lawyering;
  • To give those students who may make mediation part of their professional lives a head start in terms of both skills and ethics;
  • To help students see the benefits and limitations of mediation and other dispute resolution techniques so that they can responsibly counsel clients about their choices;
  • To help students understand how feelings, background values and personal style affect performance in a professional role;
  • To provide quality assistance to parties whose disputes the clinic mediates.

The Mediation Clinic course has six components: mediation skills training; mediation of cases; observation of neutrals at work; individual meetings with the professor; class analysis of ethical, systemic, and jurisprudential issues involved in the ADR movement; and a final paper or project.

For more information about enrolling in the Mediation Clinic, please contact Shawn Watts at

If you are interested in taking the Mediation Clinic, please submit this application form along with a resume and unofficial transcript by the date listed on the application.

For more information about enrolling in the Mediation Clinic, please contact Shawn Watts at

Download an application (PDF).


Shawn Watts
​Clinical Associate Professor