University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Dispute Resolution

The vast majority of legal cases are resolved prior to trial. This course focuses on techniques used before trial for resolution and how the student can effectively represent his or her client's interests without going to trial. Coursework includes how to successfully use several dispute resolution models. Students will learn to negotiate directly, including, how to deal with the many tactics employed by negotiating parties. They will also gain an understanding of when mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law, are appropriate and how to effectively represent clients in these processes. We will critically examine negotiation, mediation, arbitration and collaborative law and students will consider their strengths and limitations. Students will also consider the legal, ethical and policy issues associated with each process. Classes include lecture, discussion and extensive participatory exercises. Reflective writing is in integral component of the course.