Course Descriptions

Spring 2016 Class Descriptions

Mediation Internship (Alan Schulman)

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 can do the skills training sessions and the mediation internship in the same semester or in a future semester if they have previously completed the course. 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): Employment and Labor Law (JD), Civil Litigation (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-four 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 3 all day training sessions (8:30-5:00 p.m.) 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

Multistate Bar Exam Review (Ted Sichelman)

3 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded

The MBE is given as part of the bar exam in nearly all U.S. jurisdictions. USD has licensed every published MBE question from previous examinations. Students in this course will take these MBE questions each week 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 in-class session will cover test-taking techniques and the substantive law for one of the seven areas of law. Clickers are used to answer questions and provide immediate feedback to students. 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. Students must complete each week MBE questions in the required online modules (approximately 5-8 hours per week of work) and an in-class, three-hour final composed of questions similar to actual MBE exams. The final grade is 20% (based on timely completion of weekly assignments) and 80% based on the final exam grade. Only students planning to graduate in May 2016 or December 2016 may register for the course. Please note that Professor Sichelman will be teaching via a remote video connection for the first three class sessions. Students enrolled in this class must attend these first three sessions and are expected to attend the remaining class sessions, but may view up to five remaining sessions online.

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