Mediation Clinic

Students in the Mediation Clinic work under faculty supervision to mediate employment discrimination cases assigned by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the agency to which most employment discrimination claims in the state must be brought as a prerequisite to filing suit in state or federal court. The clinic, established in 1994, is part of a curriculum designed to educate students about less adversarial approaches to settling disputes.

Student Experience

Mediation Clinic students participate in an intensive, six-week, 30-hour training program before they begin to mediate employment discrimination cases under faculty supervision. Once casework begins, the classroom seminar focuses on further refinement of mediation skills, the ethics of mediating, the role of representative counsel in mediation, and discussion of strategic, communication and role issues arising in students’ actual cases.