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Lodestar Mediation Clinic

The Lodestar Mediation Clinic, an integral component of the nationally recognized Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program, helps students learn about alternatives to litigation while gaining practical experience about the mediation process. Student attorneys experience an intensive training program focusing on the theory, strategy, and skills involved in the mediation of legal disputes, then act as mediators in civil (non-family) cases.

What students do:

  • Act as neutral third parties who help Justice Court litigants attempt to resolve their lawsuits before trial.
  • Shadow and co-mediate with professional mediators from the EEOC and private practice.
  • Shadow judges in judicial settlement conferences.
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Course information

The Mediation Clinic is a one-semester course.

  • Credits: four graded credits as of Spring 2019                                               (No longer satisfies the graduation writing requirement)
  • Enrollment is limited to 6 students.
  • Students will undergo and must be able to pass a background check per Maricopa County Court regulations.

Time commitment

  • Students are expected to spend a minimum of 180 hours of clinical work during the one semester
  • Students must attend a three-day pre-semester training program.
  • Classes meet twice weekly. Students must block out two 4 hour time periods during the week to attend mediation sessions - morning preferred.

Applications dates

Spring 2019:
Application period: September 26 - November 7
Offers extended to students: November 16
Student acceptances due: November 19

Fall 2019:
Application period: January 21 - March 4
Offers extended to students: March 8
Student acceptances due: March 11

**IMPORTANT!* - Pursuant to the Statement of Student Policies, Clinics – Students who have applied for a clinic and have been accepted may decline upon offer without consequence. However, once a student has accepted a clinic offered, any student who drops the clinic without prior approval by the dean’s designee will be subject to the 12-month ban.


For more information please contact Beverly Kosik, Program Coordinator or 602-496-1286

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