Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Workshop

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Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Workshop

FALL 2013

Robert Bordone

Student projects in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) work on advanced client matters related to negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. For example, students may assist an organization in conducting a conflict assessment, designing a dispute resolution system, assessing an ongoing set of dispute management processes, or resolving a current conflict or series of conflicts. In some instances, clinic teams design and deliver a tailored negotiation/mediation curriculum, offer strategic negotiation advice, or conduct a mediation or consensus-building session. In addition to applying the skills and concepts learned in Negotiation Workshop, students will develop a new set of skills that may include conducting interviews for stakeholder assessments, facilitating learning dialogues, running focus groups, leading teams, and presenting to clients. Each semester the clinic will offer a mix of public, private, domestic, and international projects. Recent clients include federal and state agencies, nonprofits, religious organizations, transnational corporations, small start-up companies, professional sports teams, municipalities, local government officials, and universities.

Students in the clinic will have the chance to manage senior level client relationships and are asked to work through difficult concepts and problems directly with clients and their clinical supervisor. Students work in a team of 2 to 4 students, typically collaborating on single project for one client during the entire semester. By working for a single client, students have the unique chance to collaborate on a project from start to finish. For an understanding of the kinds of projects clinic students undertake, you can read about current and past clients on our website.

To be considered for admission to HNMCP, please submit a resume, transcript, and a one-page statement of interest to the clinic administrator, Tracy Blanchard by April 3, 2013 at noon. The statement of interest should succinctly explain why you are interested in participating in our clinic, what you hope to learn as a clinic member, what you hope to contribute, and how you hope working in our clinic will advance your professional interests. We are particularly excited to welcome students with a longer-term interest in negotiation, mediation, and dispute systems design, students who expect to deploy conflict management skills in their professional and personal lives, and students with an interest in client consulting work. We invite those who seek to be part of a supportive community of inquiry, interest, and learning among fellow students and faculty.

Please indicate for which semester you are applying when you submit your application. If you are applying for both semesters but prefer one, please indicate that in your application.

The Negotiation Workshop is a required prerequisite for the Negotiation & Mediation Clinic. If you have taken the Negotiation Workshop, you may apply for HNMCP in either the F13 or S14 semester clinic. If you have not yet taken the Negotiation Workshop, your acceptance into HNMCP in Spring of 2014 is dependent on your acceptance into the Winter 2014 Negotiation Workshop.

We will alert applicants to the results of their application by April 9, 2013. If you have questions about the clinic, feel free to email Tracy Blanchard at


Required Class Component: Dispute Systems Design (2 fall credits). Students must enroll in this clinic before they are permitted to enroll in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites:Negotiation Workshop. Students must have completed the Negotiation Workshop prior to enrolling in the clinic. Failure to meet the pre requisites by the clinic’ add/drop deadline will result in the student being dropped from this clinic and the associated course.
By Permission: Yes. Applications are due to the clinic by April 3, 2013 at noon.
Add/Drop Deadline: August 16, 2013.
LLM Students: LLM students are not eligible to enroll.
Placement Site: HLS.

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