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Mediation Curriculum Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHAT IS THE STANDARD PROGRESSION OF OPPORTUNITIES IN MEDIATION?

A: A selection process for mediation occurs each spring for the upcoming fall courses. Eighteen 2Ls and eighteen 3Ls take the one week Fall Civil Mediation course (2 credits). The Eighteen 2Ls will also take a Fall Domestic Relations Mediation course (3 credits).
From this group of 2Ls, six to nine students are selected for a Spring Advanced Mediation Course (2 credits). Students in this class compete in the Great Lakes Mediation Tournament and in the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution Law School Mediation Tournament and serve as coaches for the next year’s mediation courses. Two students are designated as Teaching Assistants for the next year’s civil and domestic relations mediation courses.

Q: WHAT IF I AM NOT SELECTED?

A: Students have two opportunities to be selected (as a 2L and as a 3L). The program’s goal is to include as many students as possible, and so far no student has failed to be selected two years in a row.

Q: AS A 3L CAN I TAKE DOMESTIC RELATIONS MEDIATION?

A: Domestic Relations mediation requires an advanced understanding of mediation and the foundation provided by the General Civil Mediation course. 3Ls completing the General Civil Mediation course are not currently able to take the Domestic Relations Mediation course. Expanding the course enrollments requires qualified student coaches. In order to develop enough coaches to satisfy general civil mediation demand, the Domestic Relations Mediation Course will be solely reserved for 2L students that will be able to coach as 3Ls. In the future with expanded interest and sufficient numbers of coaches, we may revisit this policy.

Q: WHAT ARE THE RESULTING CERTIFICATES RECEIVED FROM THESE MEDIATION COURSES?

A: Students completing the General Civil Mediation course will receive 1) a training certificate satisfying the MCR 2.411 40-hour training requirement for inclusion on civil court rosters; 2) a training certificate indicating completion of 20 hours of role play towards the 40 hours of roleplay or mediation required for court rostering in lieu of a J.D. or other approved graduate degree. Note that there are additional requirements for rostering beyond the training.

Students completing the Domestic Relations Mediation course will receive: 1) a training certificate satisfying the MCR 3.216 40-hour training requirement for inclusion on domestic relations court rosters; 2) a training certificate satisfying the MCR 3.416 8-hour Domestic Violence requirement for inclusion on domestic relations court rosters; 3) an advanced training certificate indicating completion of 80 hours of roleplay, the amount required for domestic mediation rostering in lieu of law school graduation or other approved graduate.

Q: WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDIATION COUR ROSTERING IN MICHIGAN?

A: For civil rosters, students must complete 1) a 40-hour general civil mediation training (included in the General Civil Mediation course); 2) they must observe 2 civil mediations conducted by a rostered mediator; 3) they must be observed by a rostered mediator conducting 1 civil mediation to completion; 4) they must either have a J.D. degree, a graduate degree in conflict resolution, or complete 40 hours of mediation or mediation role play. Students must apply to each court roster individually and there is a continuing education requirement of 8 hours every two years. See MCR 2.411.

For domestic relations rosters, students must complete 1) a 40-hour domestic relations mediation training (included in the Domestic Relations Mediation course); 2) they must observe 2 civil mediations conducted by a rostered mediator; 3) they must be observed by a rostered mediator conducting 1 civil mediation to completion; 4) they must either have a J.D. degree, other degree as specified by MCR 3.216, or complete 80 hours of mediation or mediation role play. Students must apply to each court roster individually and there is a continuing education requirement of 8 hours every two years. See MCR 3.216.

Q: HOW WILL STUDENTS BE SELECTED FOR THE ADVANCED MEDIATION COMPETITION COURSE?

A: During their spring 2L semester, six to nine students will be selected from students who previously completed both the General Civil and Domestic Relations Mediation courses. Selection will be on the basis of 1) Mediation and mediation coaching abilities, 2) potential to be an excellent teammate and do the necessary work hard, and 3) ability to best represent Michigan State University College of Law. Exceptions to the course requirement will be made for demonstrated skill and ability. Professor Pappas will make the selection and at his discretion may conduct a try-out, interviews, or other application process.


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