• DRI January Term 


    Intensive, interdisciplinary courses taught by internationally renowned faculty

    By enrolling in a DRI course this January, you can learn valuable skills in an intentionally interdisciplinary class taught by an internationally renowned professor. Courses can be applied toward degree or certificate program requirements, can be taken for CLE credit, or simply for general professional development. Courses are limited in size to provide you with the richest experience possible.


    USNewslaw-2016For the 15th consecutive year Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute is ranked in the top 5 dispute resolution programs in nation by U.S. News & World Report



    January Term 2016 Courses

    (In alpha order)

    Facilitation: The Art of Guiding a Group | Family Mediation | MediationNegotiation | Theories of Conflict | Application | PROGRAM DETAILS


    January 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    3 law school credits. Qualifies for 35 MN CLE credits; satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standards for civil facilitative/hybrid neutrals  

    Through discussion, simulations, and role-plays, this course focuses on the structure and goals of the mediation process and on the skills and techniques mediators use to aid parties in overcoming barriers to dispute resolution. The course also examines the underlying negotiation orientations and strategies that mediators may confront and employ; the roles of attorneys and clients; dealing with difficult people and power imbalances; cultural, race and social identity consideration; and ethical issues for lawyers and mediators. In addition, special attention is devoted to the art of successful representation of clients in mediation.   

    Faculty:  Joseph Stulberg , Professor and Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Dan Weitz, Deputy Director, Division of Professional and Cour Services and Statewide Coordinator of the Office of ADR and Court Improvement Programs for the New York State Unified Court System 

     Facilitation: The Art of Guiding a Group
    January 4-5 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    1 law school credit. Qualifies for 12 MN CLE credits; 12 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits

    Group meetings are so common in the legal and business world that often no one thinks much about how they should be conducted. Yet many meeting styles exist from top-down decision-making to majority rule to facilitation. What is facilitation? It is the art of guiding a group through a process designed to define and achieve the group's ultimate purposes. Through the use of skilled neutrals who support and encourage cooperative decision-making, facilitation is grounded on the theory that every person in a group is entitled to have a say and be a part of building consensus and that decisions so made are robust and reliable. This course will explore the theoretical underpinnings of this model of facilitation through lecture, structured role plays, exercises and group discussions. Students will also learn practical facilitation skills; ascertaining a group's purposes; structuring a meeting process to meet those ends; encouraging story-telling and dialogue; building consensus; and managing conflict. A blend of philosophy and "how to," the course is suitable for anyone interested in group dynamics.

    Faculty: Madge Thorsen, Owner, Law Offices of Madge S. Thorsen


    January 6, 7, 8, 9, ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 MN CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits

    This course examines the skills, constraints, and dynamics of the negotiation process. A theoretical framework for understanding negotiation practice in a variety of contexts will be developed through readings, highly interactive exercises, and role-plays. The course addresses fundamental skills such as systematic preparation, management of the negotiation process, and identification of optimal agreements. Ethical constraints of negotiation are also considered. Course content is drawn from the fields of law, psychology, business and communication

    Faculty:  Ken FoxProfessor, Hamline School of Business; Senior Fellow, Law School Dispute Resolution Institute

     Family Mediation
    January 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, ~ 8:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    3 law school credits. Qualifies for 36 MN CLE credits; satisfies MN Rule 114 certification standards for family law facilitative neutrals.

    This is a challenging, high-energy course in basic divorce mediation skills and practice development. Along with the basic content areas of divorce settlement - property division, parenting, child and spousal support, divorce tax issues - the course also addresses the role of consultants and lawyers, conflict theory, psychological issues, power balancing, domestic abuse, drafting agreements, and mediation ethics. Although designed with the law student and family lawyer in mind, the course also is an ideal training and specialization opportunity for therapists and other social service professionals. This course emphasizes experiential learning with the opportunity for individual feedback from experienced coaches.

    Faculty: Aimee Gourlay, Director, Mediation Center, Saint Paul MN


     Theories of Conflict
    January 11, 12, 14, 15, ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    2 law school credits. Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 MN Rule 114 continuing education credits

    This interdisciplinary course introduces students to important theoretical perspectives on our understanding of conflict and conflict response. Specifically, students explore the biological/physiological, psychodynamic, social psychological, communication, and sociological/political perspectives on conflict by reading and discussing major theoretical works within each perspective. Emphasis is on comparing and distinguishing key dimensions of these theories, such as the nature and sources of conflict, conflict escalation, conflict response, and the nature of the third party role. Classes follow an interactive format. Using case studies, exercises, and group discussion to draw upon personal experiences, including those involving race and social identity, the course explores the usefulness of each perspective to understand the experience of conflict.

    Faculty: Professor Timothy Hedeen, Professor of Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University


    Course Requirements
    Students must attend all class sessions and complete advance reading assignments. Degree-seeking students must submit a written paper or complete a take-home examination after classes end as specified in each course syllabus. Enrollment is limited to enhance the interactive nature of each course.

    Law/Graduate/Certificate Students: Degree-seeking students currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school should complete Part A of the application form and return it with a letter from their school's registrar reflecting their status as a student in good standing with permission to take the Hamline course(s) as a visiting student. NOTE: Hamline law students do not need a letter of good standing from the registrar. 
    Attorneys: Attorneys may apply for admission to take January Term courses by completing Part B of the application form and they will be granted special student status. CLE and Rule 114 credits will be granted upon completion of each course.
    Others: Other professionals may apply for admission to January Term courses by completing Part C of the application form. To be considered, applicants must furnish an official transcript of undergraduate or graduate course work. 

    Hamline University School of Law reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements


    • Tuition for degree-seeking students is $1,450 per law credit. 
    • Tuition for Certification Program in Dispute Resolution students is $980 per law credit
    • Tuition for non-degree seeking students is $725 per law credit with the exception of the Mediation and Family Mediation courses which are offered at a flat fee of $1,100.

    A $150 per course, non-refundable tuition deposit must accompany all applications. The tuition deposit will be deducted from the total tuition amount. This deposit will only be returned if the applicant is not accepted into the course. The balance of the tuition is due by December 18, 2015 after which no refund will be made. Any request to drop a course must be made in writing. Students will receive confirmation of enrollment via email. Hamline University School of Law reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. 

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