Negotiation & Mediation Clinic

Students in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) work on advanced client matters related to negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. They will have the opportunity to manage senior level client relationships and are asked to work through difficult concepts and problems directly with clients and their clinical supervisor. Students work in a team of 2 to 4 students, typically collaborating on single project for one client during the entire semester. By working for a single client, students have the unique chance to collaborate on a project from start to finish. For a listing of current and past clinic clients, please visit Our Projects.

Students may assist an organization in conducting a conflict assessment, designing a dispute resolution system, assessing an ongoing set of dispute management processes, or resolving a current conflict or series of conflicts. In some instances, clinic teams design and deliver a tailored negotiation/mediation curriculum, offer strategic negotiation advice, or conduct a mediation or consensus-building session. In addition to applying the skills and concepts learned in Negotiation Workshop, students will develop a new set of skills that may include conducting interviews for stakeholder assessments, facilitating learning dialogues, running focus groups, leading teams, and presenting to clients. Each semester the clinic will offer a mix of public, private, domestic, and international projects. Recent clients include federal and state agencies, nonprofits, religious organizations, transnational corporations, small start-up companies, professional sports teams, municipalities, local government officials, and universities.

Required Class Component: In the Fall semester, the co-required course is the Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Seminar (1 fall classroom credit). The Clinic and the Clinical Seminar are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course. In the Spring semester, the co-required course is Dispute Systems Design (2 spring classroom credits). The Clinic and DSD are not bundled. You must register for each separately. Students enrolled enrolled in the Clinic are guaranteed a spot in DSD.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: The Negotiation Workshop. Students must enroll in Negotiation Workshop separately from, and prior to, Clinic enrollment. There is no Clinic preference or priority to enroll in Negotiation Workshop.

Add/Drop Deadline: Please note that HNMCP has earlier add/drop deadlines than other clinics. The add/drop deadline for the Fall 2017 clinic is Friday, August 4, 2017. The add/drop deadline for the Spring 2018 clinic is Friday, December 1, 2017.

LLM Students: LLM students register for classes during the summer prior to their LLM year. We hold 2 places for LLMs in the Spring Clinic only. LLMs interested in the Spring Clinic must apply and be accepted to the Winter Negotiation Workshop. They must also send a resume and one-page statement of interest to the clinic administrator, Tracy Blanchard (tblanchard[at]law[dot]harvard[dot]edu) when they register for classes.

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