Intensive, interdisciplinary courses taught by internationally renowned faculty
By enrolling in a Dispute Resolution Institute course this January, you can learn valuable skills in an intentionally interdisciplinary class taught by an internationally renowned professor. 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.
January term 2022 courses
All J-term courses are scheduled to be offered in-person on the MHSL campus, except for the Theories of Conflict course, which will be offered in a synchronous online format. Students must be present for all scheduled dates and times, with no exceptions.
All students on campus must comply with all current health protocols.
This webpage is updated periodically, so please consult the webpage for any changes in protocol as we move toward the J-term.2022 January Term Application
January 2–4, 6, 7, 9, 2022 | 9 am–4:30 pm | 3 law school credits
Qualifies for 36 CLE credits; Satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standards for civil facilitative/hybrid neutrals
Faculty: Josh Stulberg, Law Faculty Emeritus, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
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.
Dispute Systems Design – Remote/Synchronous
January 3–4, 6–7, 2022 | 9 am–4:30 pm | 2 law school credits
Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; Qualifies for 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits
Faculty: Heather Scheiwe Kulp, Circuit Court Administrator for the New Hampshire Judicial Branch
Systems thinking and design thinking are critical skill sets for leaders and changemakers. Dispute systems design applies these skills to the study of conflict, dissecting and reconstructing the processes by which we prevent, manage, and resolve disputes. In this course, we will analyze at least five distinct dispute systems from a variety of contexts and disciplines. Through readings, exercises, case studies, and discussions, we will assess how they were designed and whether they were designed effectively. We will examine design principles including: procedural fairness; stakeholder identification, communication, and assessment; clear and well-articulated purpose(s); checks and balances; and feedback loops. While legal dispute systems will be addressed, students will also examine systems that are alternative to, and in many cases categorically and intentionally separate from, legal procedures. At the conclusion of the course, students will have the opportunity to propose changes to a dispute system of their choosing.
January 7–8, 10–13, 2022 | 9 am–4:30 pm | 3 law school credits
Qualifies for 36 CLE credits; Qualifies for 36 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits
Faculty: Ken Fox, Professor, Hamline University Business School
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.
Theories of Conflict – Remote/Synchronous
January 10–11, 13–14, 2022 | 9 am – 4:30 pm | 2 law school credits
Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; Qualifies for 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits.
Faculty: Timothy Hedeen, Professor of Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University
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.
The course fee is $34, to cover the cost of the copyright for the electronic course reader.
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. 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.
Certificate Students: Complete the online application.
Law and Graduate Students: Degree-seeking law or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program should complete the online application form. 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 will need to be uploaded.
Attorneys: Attorneys may apply for Jterm courses by completing the online application form. Attorneys will be granted special student status.
Others: Other professionals may apply to take Jterm courses by completing the online application form. To be considered, applicants must furnish a transcript indicating completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Audit: $650/credit. Exception: For the courses that qualify for MN Supreme Court Rule 114 Certification which are offered at a flat rate as follows:
- Mediation: $1,200
Certificate students: $930/credit
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