Faculty Supervisor:  TBD
Supervising Attorney:  TBD

Prerequisite: Professional Responsibility, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiations

Areas of Emphases: Family law; landlord and tenant law; small claims practice; contract-drafting; problem-solving; professional ethics; interviewing and counseling; legal research and writing; negotiation, dispute resolution; factual investigation and development; cross-cultural competence; client/cross-professional collaboration; access to justice

Sample Projects

  • Design court-connected early neutral evaluation/mediation program
  • Launch tenant mediation advocacy project
  • Draft and advocate for mediation/domestic violence bill
  • Conduct peer mediation training for high school students
  • Publish report on the appellate mediation program of the Montana Supreme Court

General Information

The Mediation Field Placement trains students to intervene and resolve disputes out-of-court both as professional neutrals and as advocates.  Students study alternative dispute resolution, problem-solving, and conflict management from a multidisciplinary perspective, and, in addition to handling cases, pursue a range of projects related to these fields.  The Clinic collaborates regularly with the State Bar of Montana, Community Dispute Resolution Center of Missoula, the Missoula County Justice Court and District Court, the Montana Legal Services Association, the University of Montana, the Tribal Court of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, and area public schools.  Most cases are family and landlord and tenant matters.