Four Ways to Develop ADR Skills
Once the theoretical foundation is in place, the best way to improve your mediation skills is by mediating. Here's a few suggestions on how to get some practice:
#1: Get in a workshop.
The ADR program offers 5-day mediation civil certification courses. Enrollment is open to law students by lottery. If you’re interested in mediation work, this is the starting point.
#2: Volunteer in the community.
There’s a network of mediation centers in Michigan where trained volunteers mediate civil cases in both community and court contexts. It’s a great way to gain experience and exposure to a wide range of mediation work.
#3: Do an ADR externship.
Externship opportunities are available in mediation centers. Externs can learn case administration, participate in center activities, and lead projects while earning academic credit.
#4: Take the Conflict Resolution Clinic.
Clinicians mediate small claims cases throughout the mid-Michigan area, working with a constantly changing clientele. They also facilitate full-day advanced mediation trainings at a community center and in a state prison.