Course Descriptions

Spring 2015 Class Descriptions

Mediation Internship (Agustin Lopez)

1 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement(s): Skills

The semester Mediation Skills course and the Mediation Internship are separate, though linked, course offerings. Upon completion of the skills course, students will be eligible to participate in a program allowing them to mediate actual cases filed with the San Diego County Small Claims Court. Students must do the skills training sessions and the mediation internship in the same semester. The student interns will meet with the internship supervisor in two group sessions during the semester and on bi-weekly TWEN sessions.

Mediation Skills (Lisa Maxwell)

1 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): Civil Litigation (JD), Employment and Labor Law (JD)

Mediation is a process by which a trained and impartial third party helps others resolve a dispute. Lawyers use mediation extensively, both as advocates and as neutrals. This course consists of a twenty-seven hour basic mediation skills training. Participants will learn to mediate a variety of disputes, using the methodology developed by San Diego's National Conflict Resolution Center. They will receive a certificate of participation upon their successful completion of the training. Participants must commit to attending each of the training sessions as a condition of enrollment. The course is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis.  The Mediation Skills class is a great opportunity for those students who would like to pursue the Mediation Internship.

Note: There are limitations on concentration eligibility. Check the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD) and Employment and Labor Law Concentration (JD) web pages for more information.
Additional Information:Civil Litigation Concentration, Employment and Labor Law Concentration

Moot Court Hon. Comp. (Michael Devitt)

0-1 credit(s), P/F Graded
Requirement(s): Skills

Multistate Bar Exam Review (Ted Sichelman)

3 credit(s), P/F Graded

The MBE is given as part of the bar exam in all U.S. jurisdictions. USD has licensed every published MBE question from previous examinations. Students in this course will take these MBE questions using customized online software (also accessible from tablets and smartphones), which tracks each student’s strengths and weaknesses in every substantive area of the bar exam (constitutional, criminal, real property, torts, contracts, evidence, and civil procedure). The online software will provide real-time review material for each area of the law. Each class session will cover test-taking techniques and the substantive law for one of the seven areas of law. Please note that BARBRI, Kaplan, and most other bar exam review courses do not provide access to all of the previously released real exam questions from the MBE. As such, the questions in this course will not be the same as most of the questions that are provided in commercial summer bar preparation courses. The course will be graded pass/fail. Students must complete each week MBE questions in the required online modules (approximately 5-8 hours per week of work) and a final, take-home, three-hour exam. Only students planning to graduate in May 2015 or December 2015 may register for the course.

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