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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:

The clinic has three mandatory training sessions that are typically scheduled prior to the start of semester, in addition to required class meetings. Students should expect to spend a significant amount of time at the Maricopa County Justice Courts, observing professional mediations, or participating in other dispute resolution programs off campus.

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Course information

The clinic is a 5 credit class and satisfies the graduation writing requirement, as the class assignments include a 25-page research paper.

Interested students must submit a one-page statement of intent and attend an information session about the Mediation Clinic prior to enrollment.

Admitted students must pass a background check before mediating in the Justice Court Mediation Program.

Usual Applications dates

*IMPORTANT!* - Pursuant to the Statement of Student Policies, no student pre-registered for a clinical offering shall be allowed to drop the clinic later than two weeks preceding the first day of classes unless instructor approval is first obtained.

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

Summer/Fall 2019:
Priority application period: January 21st - March 4th
Offers extended to students: March 8
Student acceptances due: March 11


For more information please contact Gabriel Velez, Program Coordinator or 480-727-9332

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