The Legal Studies Program offers an elective course, LS 5359 – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which is designed primarily to complement the paralegal skills taught in the Legal Studies Program but also to help people who would like to mediate employment, landlord-tenant, neighborhood, and other interpersonal disputes. The ADR course combines lectures with practical assignments and role play. Students not only learn negotiation and mediation theory, they also acquire the practical skills necessary to mediate interpersonal disputes. Assignments and role play focus on communication and negotiation skills, active listening, appropriate questioning, generation and evaluation of options, reality testing, and agreement making.
Students who enroll in the ADR course (LS 5359), attend at least forty hours of class, and complete all course requirements with a grade of “B” or higher will earn a mediation certificate. The mediation certificate will be issued by the department and will not appear on the student’s transcript.
The mediation certificate, by itself, does not constitute an ABA-approved program for paralegal study.
The mediation certificate does not qualify a person to practice law.