University of Pittsburgh

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Introduction to)

Abbreviated Title: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Catalog Number: 5111
2.0 Credits
Catalog Requirements: Professional Skills.

This course provides an introduction to alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on the skills used by lawyers in alternative dispute resolution processes, such as private negotiation, settlement conferences, and mediation. The goal of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and develop their skills and identity as attorneys in the context of alternative dispute resolution. This course will also address the rules of professional responsibility that apply to alternative dispute resolution, as well as the broader ethical considerations that arise in the alternative dispute resolution context. In class, students will work through simulations where they will practice communicating effectively with a client, explore various negotiation styles and approaches, and explore the ethical rules that govern an attorney’s actions in the context of alternative dispute resolution. Both federal and state courts throughout the country have implemented court-annexed alternative dispute resolution programs. This course will conclude with an opportunity to learn about this trend in Pennsylvania and other states. We will consider the policy implications as well as the impact this trend has had on the day-to-day practice of law.

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