Intensive, interdisciplinary courses taught by internationally renowned faculty
By enrolling in a DRI course this January, you can learn valuable skills in an intentionally interdisciplinary class taught by an internationally renowned professors. Courses can be applied toward degree or certificate program requirements, can be taken for CLE credit, or simply for general professional development. Courses are limited in size to provide you with the richest experience possible.
For the 17th consecutive year Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute
is ranked in the top 5 dispute resolution programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
2017 J-Term Application (PDF)
January Term 2017 Courses
January 3-5, 7-9 | 9 am–4:30 pm
3 law school credits. Qualifies for 35 MN CLE credits; satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standards for civil facilitative/hybrid neutrals
Through discussion, simulations, and role-plays, 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 consideration; and ethical issues for lawyers and mediators. In addition, special attention is devoted to the art of successful representation of clients in mediation.
Faculty: Joseph Stulberg, Professor and Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Dan Weitz, Deputy Director, Division of Professional and Court Services and Statewide Coordinator of the Office of ADR and Court Improvement Programs for the New York State Unified Court System
January 2-4, 6-8 | 9 am–4:30 pm
3 law school credits. Qualifies for 35 MN CLE credits; 35 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 are also considered. Course content is drawn from the fields of law, psychology, business and communication
Faculty: Ken Fox, Professor, Hamline University School of Business; Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute
Theories of Conflict
January 9-10, 12-13 | 9 am–4:30 pm
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: Timothy Hedeen, Professor of Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University
Students must attend all class sessions and complete advance reading assignments. Degree-seeking students must submit a written paper or complete a take-home examination after classes end as specified in each course syllabus. Enrollment is limited to enhance the interactive nature of each course.
Law/Graduate/Certificate Students: Degree-seeking students currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school should complete Part A of the application form and return it with a letter from their school’s registrar reflecting their status as a student in good standing with permission to take the Mitchell Hamline course(s) as a visiting student. Note: Mitchell Hamline law students register online and do not need a letter of good standing from the registrar.
Attorneys: Attorneys may apply for admission to take January Term courses by completing Part B of the application form and they will be granted special student status. CLE and Rule 114 credits will be granted upon completion of each course.
Others: Other professionals may apply for admission to January Term courses by completing Part C of the application form. To be considered, applicants must furnish an official transcript of undergraduate or graduate course work.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements
Scholarships available. Contact Associate Director Kitty Atkins.
A $150 per course, non-refundable tuition deposit must accompany all applications. The tuition deposit will be deducted from the total tuition amount. This deposit will only be returned if the applicant is not accepted into the course. The balance of the tuition is due by December 19, 2016 after which no refund will be made. Any request to drop a course must be made in writing. 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.
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