Mediation Clinic

The Mediation Clinic offers experiential learning in a real world setting

As a joint program of Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) and the Community Justice Clinics, students in the Mediation Clinic serve as mediators in local agencies and courts. Students learn how to deal with conflict effectively, personally, and regularly. Since a lawyer’s job involves conflict and problem-solving on a frequent basis, the Mediation Clinic provides excellent training and instruction for any type of practice a student may enter after graduation. Mediation Clinic students study dispute resolution theories, develop communication skills and process management techniques, and apply that learning as neutral third parties helping people resolve ongoing disputes. Working in 2-person teams, student mediators provide a structured, collaborative process that allows disputants to design their own solution to their conflict.

Who Might Be Interested:

  • Students who want to feel confident and competent in court, in public speaking, and in managing conflict.
  • Students who want to apply lawyering and negotiation skills to help parties resolve disputes.
  • Students who want to learn and apply a creative,  problem-solving model to conflict instead of the adversarial framework.

For questions, email Prof. Silverstein or Prof. Candler

How Does the Clinic Work?

Students attend classes as training, and then mediate real cases for the local courts and governmental organizations. All mediations are supervised by UC Law SF professors and staff. Offered in both Fall and Spring semesters.

Clinic Details

The selection of Professor Carol Izumi (center) marks the second time a UC Law SF clinical professor has been honored with the Pincus Award.

Clinical Instructors

One professor, or a team to two professors, teach and supervise the Mediation Clinic on a rotating basis.

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Gail Silverstein

Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, Co-Director of Public Interest and the Social Justice Center, and Clinical Professor of Law
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