Expand your credentials with Summer Institute courses
Summer is a great time to expand your skills and experience, and perhaps even add a certificate to your resume as you prepare yourself for professional advancement. DRI’s Summer Institute courses are available to degree and non-degree seeking students with their future in mind. In these courses, you are among a broad cross-section of law and graduate students, practicing lawyers, human resources and business personnel, and other professionals, which mirrors the contemporary, multidisciplinary workplace.
Summer Institute courses are taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty actively involved in ADR practice, research, publication, and teaching.
For the 16th consecutive year Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute is ranked in the top 5 dispute resolution programs in nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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Summer Term 2016 Courses Descriptions
Decision Making in a Chaotic Reality | June 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. | 2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits
Professionals in today’s chaotic world must develop the skills necessary to handle those inevitable situations in which external events intrude upon, and interfere with, the professionals’ abilities to make clear and appropriate decisions. These situations of uncertainty can easily deteriorate into crises. If not handled correctly, they also can cause irreversible damage to relationships. In order to be effective in such situations, conflict professionals must possess the capacity to collect, assess and adapt new and changing information. They must also develop their creative capacities and vision to take into account and address the consequences for the future (“the day after”). Using the most contemporary tools and methodologies for creative problem solving, students will develop the skills needed for making good decisions in a chaotic reality.
Faculty: Michael Tsur, Founder and Director, Shakla and Tariya, Jerusalem; Adjunct Professor of Mediation, College of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Challenging Conversations | June 4-5, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. |
1 law school credit. Qualifies for 12 CLE credits; 12 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits
This course challenges students to master key communication and conflict processing skills. Negotiating when we are personally and emotionally involved is one of our greatest challenges. But is it possible not to be involved? Can we check our feelings at the door? Communication skills, like handling challenging conversations, allow negotiation to happen, and help us get back on track when things get stuck. The course methodology is based on the book, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, authored by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. The course will focus on two skills dimensions: internal skills—the ability to work with your thoughts and feelings before and during a conversation; and external skills—the things we need to say and do in a conversation to help it go better. Mastering these skills offers the possibility of negotiation success even when your negotiating partners do not share your aspiration to collaborate. The course is constructed as an intensive workshop, including group discussions, simulations, and challenging conversations set in a wide variety of contexts.
Faculty: Michael Tsur, Founder and Director, Shakla and Tariya, Jerusalem; Adjunct Professor of Mediation, College of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Negotiation | June 9-10, 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. & June 11-12, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | 2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits
This course examines the skills, constraints, and dynamics of the negotiation process. A theoretical framework for understanding negotiation practice in a variety of contexts will be developed through readings, highly interactive exercises, and role-plays. The course addresses fundamental skills such as systematic preparation, management of the negotiation process, and identification of optimal agreements. Ethical constraints of negotiation also are considered. Course content is drawn from the fields of law, psychology, business, and communication.
Faculty: Giuseppe De Palo, International Professor of ADR Law and Practice, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution | June 13, 14, 15, 16, 4:30 – 9:15 p.m. & June 18, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits
This course examines how obvious and not-so obvious cultural difference impacts resolution of inter-personal and inter-state (international) disputes. Specifically, the course will bring an international perspective to understanding the impact of culture in the most commonly used international and domestic dispute resolution processes (negotiation, mediation and arbitration). It will follow a three-step approach to know and understand the influence of culture on decision-making, including: awareness and knowledge of one’s own culture; knowledge and understanding of another party’s culture; and knowledge and impact of either on the desired goal/outcome of the dispute. This course will help students be more culturally aware and better equipped for effective participation in dispute resolution processes that increasingly involve different languages, customs, values, nationalities, and states of origin.
Faculty: Nadja Alexander, Professor (Hon.), The University of Queensland, Australia; Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Comparative Law, Hamburg, Germany
Mediation | June 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 4:30 – 9:15 p.m. & June 18-19, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 3 law school credits. Qualifies for 35 CLE credits; satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standards for civil facilitative/hybrid neutrals
Through discussion, simulations, and roleplay, this course focuses on the structure and goals of the mediation process and on the skills and techniques mediators use to aid parties in overcoming barriers to dispute resolution. The course also examines the underlying negotiation orientations and strategies that mediators may confront and employ; the roles of attorneys and clients; dealing with difficult people and power imbalances; cultural, race, and social identity considerations; and ethical issues for lawyers and mediators. In addition, special attention is devoted to the art of successful representation of clients in mediation.
Faculty: Alyson Carrel, Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Center on Negotiation and Mediation, Northwestern University School of Law
Foundations for Constructive Collaboration: As a Counselor, Conflict Coach, Negotiator, Facilitator and Mediator | June 25-26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 1 law school credit. Qualifies for 12 CLE credits; 12 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits
This one credit course will examine approaches and skills for collaborative processes, including entering any interaction, using listening skills, identifying interests and issues, defining the “problems” to be addressed, building conversational agendas, assisting in creative problem-solving, and bringing closure to exchanges. Participants will explore using the approaches and skills in the context of various conflict resolution processes.
Faculty: Lela Love, Professor and Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY
Mediation Clinic | June 21, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. In-court and community mediations – approximately 7 hours/week from June 21-August 5 | 2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits
The Mediation Clinic provides students with an opportunity to use and develop their facilitative mediation skills by serving as mediators in Ramsey County Conciliation and Housing Courts and community mediations through the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC). Students will also have the opportunity to assist the DRC in case development. Students will begin by observing Conciliation and Housing Court and mediation sessions and advance to participating as co-mediators, and ultimately as independent mediators, all under supervision. The clinic will be composed of approximately 40-45 hours of in-court (or community) casework; 30 hours of reflective and out-of-class work; and 18 hours of in-class time. Note: Mediation Clinic requires a Pre-Requisite of Mediation or Family Mediation.
Faculty: Sharon Press, Professor and Director, Dispute Resolution Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Theories of Conflict | July 6, 7, 11, 12, 4:30 – 9:15 p.m. & July 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to important theoretical perspectives on our understanding of conflict and conflict response. Specifically, students explore the biological/physiological, psychodynamic, social psychological, communication, and sociological/political perspectives on conflict by reading and discussing major theoretical works within each perspective. Emphasis is on comparing and distinguishing key dimensions of these theories, such as the nature and sources of conflict, conflict escalation, conflict response, and the nature of the third party role. Classes follow an interactive format. Using case studies, exercises, and group discussion to draw upon personal experiences, including those involving race and social identity, the course explores the usefulness of each perspective to understand the experience of conflict.
Faculty: Ken Fox, Professor, Hamline University School of Business; Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Family Mediation | July 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. | 3 law school credits. Qualifies for 40 CLE credits; satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standards for family law facilitative neutrals
This is a challenging, high-energy course in basic divorce mediation skills and practice development. Along with the basic content areas of divorce settlement—property division, parenting, child and spousal support, divorce tax issues—the course also addresses the role of consultants and lawyers, conflict theory, psychological issues, power balancing, domestic abuse, drafting agreements, and mediation ethics. Although designed with the law student and family lawyer in mind, the course also is an ideal training and specialization opportunity for therapists and other social service professionals. This course emphasizes experiential learning with the opportunity for individual feedback from experienced coaches.
Faculty: Aimee Gourlay, Director, Mediation Center; Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Arbitration | July 25, 26, 27, 28, 4:30 – 9:15 p.m. & July 30, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standard for civil adjudicative/evaluative neutrals
This foundation course covers the salient points of U.S. arbitration law as it relates to domestic and international matters. The course curriculum begins with an introduction to the basic legal concepts that make up arbitration law and to the institutions that are central to arbitration practice. Consideration of the Federal Arbitration Act follows, along with a systematic treatment of the role of contract in arbitration and the function of subject matter inarbitrability. Problems relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards, the role of the arbitrator (focusing on the arbitrator’s functions, duties, and responsibilities), and other practice issues are examined. The basic facets of international commercial arbitration also are introduced. Through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and simulations, this interactive curriculum is designed to foster effective use of contemporary arbitral processes.
Faculty: Allen Blair, Professor; Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Students must attend all class sessions and complete an advance reading assignment. Degree-seeking students must submit a written paper. Students may take one or more courses. Mitchell Hamline law students may take either the Mediation or Family Mediation course but may not take both for academic credit. The Mediation Clinic has a pre-requisite of Mediation or Family Mediation. Enrollment is limited to enhance the interactive nature of each course.
Syllabi for all courses will be made available 1 month prior to the first day of class.
Law/Certificate Students: Degree-seeking students currently enrolled in an ABA-approved law school should complete Part A of the application form and return it with a letter from their school’s registrar reflecting the applicant’s status as a student in good standing with permission to take the Mitchell Hamline course(s) as a visiting student. Note: Mitchell Hamline students and certificate students do not need a letter of good standing from the registrar.
Graduate Students: Degree-seeking graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program should complete Part A of the application form and return it with a letter from their school’s registrar reflecting the applicant’s status as a student in good standing with permission to take the Mitchell Hamline course(s) as a visiting student. Note: Hamline MSL students do not need a letter of good standing from the registrar.
Attorneys: Attorneys may apply for summer courses by completing Part B of the application form. Attorneys will be granted special student status. CLE and MN Rule 114 credits will be granted upon completion of each course.
Others: Other professionals may apply to take summer courses by completing Part C of the application form. To be considered, applicants must furnish a transcript indicating completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.2016 Summer Application (PDF)
Tuition for degree-seeking students is $1,450 per credit. Partial scholarships are available. Scholarship requests should be sent to Kitty Atkins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition for students seeking credits to complete the Mitchell Hamline Certificate in Dispute Resolution is $980 per credit.
Tuition for non-degree seeking students is $650 per credit, with the exception of the Mediation and Family Mediation courses which are offered at a flat rate of $1,100.
A $150 per course, non-refundable tuition deposit must accompany all applications. The deposit will be credited toward the total tuition amount. This deposit will only be returned if the applicant is not able to secure a seat in the course. The balance of the tuition is due one week prior to the beginning class session, for each course, after which no refund will be made.
Students will receive confirmation of enrollment via email. Mitchell Hamline School of Law reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. Any request to drop a course must be in writing.
Information regarding housing is available upon request. Check the appropriate box on the application form to receive this information.
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Additional Summer Opportunity
International Business Negotiation Certificate
The Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in cooperation with the Central European University, Hungary, offers students the opportunity to complete a six-credit integrated in-residence and distance learning program in international business negotiation. The residential two-credit negotiation course introduces students to the skills and dynamics of the negotiation process. Students will complete the residential Negotiation course either in Budapest or Minnesota. Thereafter via distance learning, students from both locations will work and study together to complete a four-credit Advanced International Business course.
This program format allows students to experience the dynamic nature of international business negotiation and to engage with each other in the way that international business occurs — both in person and through distance technology.
In-Residence Course — Negotiation (2 law school credits)
Online Advanced International Business Negotiation (4 law school credits)
July 6-24: Distance learning (synchronous and asynchronous) for both Budapest and U.S. students that includes negotiation activities between all students.