Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar


Bette J. Roth
Suffolk Law School

This seminar examines the role of lawyers as societal problem solvers employing various methods of analyzing, reducing and resolving legal and other forms of dispute without resort to formal trial. Although some disputes can only be properly resolved through trial and appeal, the vast majority of cases and controversies confronted by lawyers can be—and routinely are—resolved without trial. Through the semester, students become familiarized with negotiation, mediation and arbitration, the three major components of ADR and with methods of their usage common in law practice. Essential to the seminar is regular and active class participation, a willingness to think clearly and with disciplined creativity, and the further development of each student’s ability to both constructively analyze and confront opposing views and to articulate one’s own. Through a combination of readings, regular short writing assignments, role plays and class follow up discussions, students begin the development of the professional skills essential to problem solving. May fulfill legal writing requirement. Students may not enroll in both Alternative Dispute Resolution and Negotiations. (Wednesday 8:00-9:50 p.m.)

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