• 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.

    January Term 2015 Courses




    January 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 2015
     ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    3 law school credits; Qualifies for 35 MN CLE credits; This course meets the Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 114 certified course requirements for inclusion on the Neutral Roster

    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: Lela Love, Professor and Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Joseph Stulberg, Professor and Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.


    January 5, 6, 8, 9, 2015 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    2 law school credits; Qualifies for 24 MN CLE credits; 24 Rule 114 Minnesota Supreme Court CE credits applied for 

    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 also are considered. Course content is drawn from the fields of law, psychology, business, and communications.

    Faculty: Giuseppe De Palo, International Professor of ADR Law and Practice, Hamline University School of Law, Co-Founder, ADR Center, Italy

     Conflict Coaching: Preparing Yourself and Others
    January 10-11, 2015 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    1 law school credit; Qualifies for 12 CLE credits; 12 Rule 114 Minnesota Supreme Court CE credits applied for.

    Conflict coaching is a future-focused, results-oriented process in which a coach helps individuals gain competence and confidence to manage and engage in their interpersonal conflicts. It draws on narrative theory and key conflict elements including identity, emotions, and power. Professionals have embraced it to support ethical and effective conflict engagement in contexts as varied as workplace disputes, family conflict, collaborative law practice, human resources, and leadership development. This interactive course will integrate theories and practice related to conflict coaching.

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

     Discussion Theory and Arbitration: Law and Economics
    January 10-11, 2015 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    1 law school credit; Qualifies for 12 CLE credits; 12 Rule 114 Minnesota Supreme Court CE credits applied for.

    Arbitration has become a central mode of dispute resolution in our civil justice system. Although arbitrators are supposed to be "impartial" neutrals, they face a  host of unique pressures and opportunities in their roles. They are subject to limited oversight, enjoying effectively judicial immunity for their official actions and facing only highly constrained opportunities for parties to appeal their awards. Given the uniqueness of arbitrators' roles, the first part of this course uses public choice theory to investigate how arbitrators render their decisions. The second part of the course puts this theory into action in a simulation exercise, demonstrating how arbitrators' decision making can influence advocacy.

     Faculty: Allen Blair, Associate Professor, Hamline University School of Law and Eric Jensen, Provost and Professor of Economics, Hamline University

     Theories of Conflict
    January 12-15, 2015 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    2 law school credits; Qualifies for 24 CLE credits; 24 Rule 114 Minnesota Supreme Court CE credits applied for.

    This interdisciplinary course introduces students to important theoretical perspectives on understanding of conflict and conflict response. Specifically, students explore the biological/psychological, 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 understanding the experience of conflict.

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



    Program Details

    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 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.

    Applications are accepted on a first-come/first-registered basis. 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.

    Tuition for degree-seeking students is $1,271 per credit. This includes students seeking credit for a graduate degree or those seeking credits to complete the Hamline Certificate Program in Dispute Resolution.
    Tuition for audit students is $635.50 per credit with the exception of the Mediation course, which is 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 or the course is canceled. The balance of the tuition is due one week prior to the first class session for each course after which no refund will be made.

    Learn more about short-term housing options including special area hotel rates and the Guest House accommodations at Hamline.