In the Mediation Clinic, students co-mediate certain civil cases in district courts. After completing intensive training in alternative dispute resolution, students facilitate the negotiations of adverse parties and help the parties settle their dispute. While the litigants generally are unrepresented parties, students also co-mediate cases where the parties are represented by counsel.
The Mediation Clinic advances the law school’s mission by promoting access to justice, the rule of law in the community and peacemaking among neighbors. The skill and wisdom required in this work is universally transferable to all areas of law practice. The Mediation Clinic equips students to be effective, powerful advocates and negotiators and prepares them for rapid changes in the practice of law.
The Mediation Clinic also collaborates with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution who recognizes the students’ work toward eventual registry on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster.