Practical Lawyering Skills
246: Advanced Mediation Advocacy Practicum
This course counts as an Experiential Learning and Skills Course
Students will represent pro se clients pursuing employment discrimination claims at mediations taking place at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or mediations held by federal magistrates in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Under the supervision of an experienced attorney, students will work in pairs and interview and counsel a pro se client, prepare the case for mediation, and represent the client at the mediation conference. Representation is limited to the mediation. Class time will be devoted to discussion of assigned readings in employment law and mediation advocacy, pending cases, written mediation memoranda and skills development through simulations.
This course, which has won high praise from both students and clients, is open to students who have some prior experience with interest - based, problem solving skills, either through taking a mediation advocacy, mediation, client counseling or negotiation class, including the ADR class, or through participating on the client counseling, mediation or negotiation teams. Other similar experience will also be considered. LLM students are also eligible for this class. Eligibility for a Supreme Court Rule 711 student license (43 credit hours completed) is preferred but not required.