Academic Programs


The center offers a variety of courses and other opportunities for students to learn negotiation skills and apply negotiation best practices in a wide range of scenarios. Each course includes case studies, problem-based curriculum, and various real-world simulations. The center also offers internships and research positions for students interested in working on the center’s community projects and other initiatives.

Transactions and Settlements (#9014)

Prerequisites: None.
Course Description: This skills course teaches negotiation, drafting, and advocacy in the transactional context. The focus is on how lawyers represent clients in negotiating and drafting contracts and settlement agreements. The course also covers ethical issues arising in transactional lawyering. Examples are drawn from a variety of contexts, including business, consumer rights, family law, intellectual property, real estate, and litigation, and applied through simulations, short case studies, exercises, and class discussion.

Deals and Dispute Resolution: A One-Week Simulation (#3014)

Prerequisites: None.
Course Description: This is a one-week intensive course in which students work with clients and gather facts, conduct legal research, negotiate and draft a deal, and negotiate and draft a resolution to a dispute. The course focuses on the student’s role as a professional and enables the student to identify strengths and weaknesses for further development. Students all work on the same simulation but choose an area of focus. For the Summer 2013 course, students choose a simulation from one of three areas at the time of registration: (i) international; (ii) technology; and (iii) transactional.

Negotiation (#4575)

Prerequisites: Transactions & Settlements recommended.Students Negotiating
Course Description: Students will explore and apply negotiation in a variety of contexts, including transactional settings, multi-party deals, conflict resolution, and litigation settlement strategy. The course will focus on developing skills through simulated negotiations, case studies, exercises and class discussion, with readings that emphasize practical application. The goals of the negotiation course include the following: 1) providing students with hands-on experience and practice in negotiating deals and resolving disputes; 2) sharing with students proven models and frameworks for effective negotiations; 3) exposing students to a variety of negotiation contexts and approaches; 4) acquainting students with the ethical and legal issues surrounding negotiation practice and implementation; and 5) giving students a broader perspective on a lawyer’s role beyond the adversarial method to resolving conflict.

Civil Rights Litigation and Policy Externship (#9043)

Prerequisites: PR recommended.Negotiation
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to gain experience practicing and promoting civil rights through litigation and policy work. Field placements will include law firms and non-profit advocacy organizations. In their field placements, students will observe and participate in activities specific to the field placement, which could include litigation, legal research, legislation, policy analysis and promotion, and other related work. In addition to doing fieldwork, students will attend a seminar every other week and meet individually with course faculty during the semester. Students enrolled in the course will complete a placement preference form and will be matched to an appropriate placement site by course faculty.

International Negotiations and Dispute Resolution (#4567)

Prerequisites: Transactions & Settlements recommended.
Course Description: This experiential negotiation and dispute resolution course will co-enroll Mitchell students with visiting law students from Turkey. Participants will gain first-hand experience negotiating deals and disputes across cultures. William Mitchell College of Law students will submit a paper following the class sessions.

ADR (#4573)

Prerequisites: Transactions & Settlements recommended.
Course Description: This course explores non-judicial routes to resolving disputes, beginning with mediation and arbitration, with brief examinations of processes such as summary jury trial, non-binding advisory opinions, med-arb, and mini-trial. The course emphasizes experiential learning through the development of practice skills acquired through simulations, exercises, readings, and class discussion. Completion of the course will enable students to be listed as “qualified neutrals” on both the civil mediation and civil arbitration rosters maintained by the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Office of Continuing Judicial Education. Limited to 25-30 students.

Advanced ADR (#4574)

Prerequisites: ADR and Transactions & Settlements.Negotiation
Course Description
: Students in this course work together as a team to develop a professional-quality dispute resolution program for an actual client. Past clients have included Best Buy and Education Minnesota. Students must plan to approach the project with the discipline, rigor, and thoroughness expected of any legal professional retained by a client. This will sometimes require spending significant amounts of time outside of class developing and executing the project. Outside work may include conducting interviews and research, meeting with the client, attending class committee and sub-committee meetings, participating in group drafting and editing sessions, and planning presentations. Although this project will give students additional understanding of alternative dispute resolution processes, it will also provide significant challenges in the areas of project management, group communication, and group cohesion. As legal professionals, students will be required to log their time and submit final reports that detail their individual and committee contributions.

Internships and Independent Study (#4573)

Prerequisites: Any center course listed above.
Course Description: Students can work one-on-one with a faculty member to create a specific internship or independent study opportunity that fits their individual interests and needs. Examples include assisting faculty with course curriculum development and materials, serving as a research intern with the center on community projects, and working on scholarship for the center.

By appointment.