The Fowler School of Law Mediation Clinic allows students to develop and use mediation skills through regular and frequent practice with actual clients under the supervision of Professor David Dowling and experienced mediators in the Superior Court. The clinic provides the students with hands on experience with real litigants in a variety of different cases.
The clinic mediates 700 real cases annually.
While working in the Mediation Clinic, students have an opportunity to mediate many different types of cases with actual clients such as:
- Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
- Debt Collections
- Unlawful Detainer
- Small Claims Trial De Novo
- Limited Civil
The mediation clinic helped design and implement the Mandatory Settlement Conferences for debt collection cases along with the workshop to help inform the parties of their option for settlement. Additionally, students have the opportunity to interact with practicing attorneys, judges and other court officers so they have an understanding of what goes on in court before they graduate from law school. In addition to mediating cases, students are able to observe real cases that either didn't settle in mediation or were not appropriate to be sent out to mediation.