Domestic Relations Mediation ClinicStudents will participate in a full Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office-approved 48-hour training in the facilitative mediation of domestic relations disputes. Students must be able to participate in all days of this training. After completing training in early February, students begin mediating actual cases. These will involve custody, visitation, and move-away disputes through the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Students are expected to commit at least a half day each week mediating. The experience is helpful for those who wish to mediate in their careers as well as those who will focus on representing parties in conflict. Learning to mediate will vastly improve any lawyer's critical skills in interviewing, counseling, advocacy, and negotiation.The Clinic is a 5 credit course. Students must enroll in the 3 credit clinic and the 2 credit seminar, taken concurrently. The 3 credit clinic is mandatory limited grade (pass/fail) or "S" grade; the 2 credit seminar is mandatory graded and ineligible for letter grade conversion to pass ("P") election.The Clinic does not fulfill the Law School's professional responsibility requirement for graduation. The Clinic does not fulfill the New York State Bar ethics requirement unless students also simultaneously enroll in 402 Ethics Colloquium section 002.
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