The greatest asset of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program is the consistent stream of highly motivated, creative, and intelligent students. The clinic is open only to students who have taken the Negotiation Workshop. Clinic students are also concurrently enrolled in an upper-level seminar focusing on either dispute systems design, multiparty negotiation or facilitation. This clinic appeals in particular to students who enjoy problem solving and ‘thinking outside of the box.’ Students are asked to work through difficult concepts and problems directly with clients and their clinical supervisor, who support them, but rely on the students’ initiative to guide the project.
There are several active student groups and pro-bono options where you can hone your knowledge of negotiation and mediation while at Harvard Law School. You can find links in the sidebar of this page
To learn more about how you can tailor your law school curriculum around negotiation, mediation, and ADR, read about Becky Jaffe’s experience during her time as a student at the Law School.
Course Catalog Description
Students in HNMCP work on advanced client matters related to negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. For example, students may assist an organization in conducting a conflict assessment, designing a dispute resolution system, assessing an ongoing set of dispute management processes, or resolving a current conflict or series of conflicts. In some instances, clinic teams design and deliver a tailored negotiation/mediation curriculum, offer strategic negotiation advice, or conduct a mediation or consensus-building session. In addition to applying the skills and concepts learned in Negotiation Workshop, students will develop a new set of skills that may include conducting interviews for stakeholder assessments, facilitating learning dialogues, running focus groups, leading teams, and presenting to clients. Each semester the clinic will offer a mix of public, private, domestic, and international projects. Recent clients include federal and state agencies, nonprofits, religious organizations, transnational corporations, small start-up companies, professional sports teams, municipalities, local government officials, and universities.
Students in the clinic will have the chance to manage senior level client relationships and are asked to work through difficult concepts and problems directly with clients and their clinical supervisor. Students work in a team of 2 to 4 students, typically collaborating on single project for one client during the entire semester. By working for a single client, students have the unique chance to collaborate on a project from start to finish. For a listing of current and past clinic clients, please go to our “Projects & Clients” page.
** Please note that HNMCP has earlier add/drop deadlines than other clinics. The add/drop deadline for the Fall 2015 clinic is Friday, August 7, 2015. The add/drop deadline for the Spring 2016 clinic is Friday, December 4, 2015. **
Pre-requisite: The Negotiation Workshop is a required prerequisite for the Negotiation & Mediation Clinic. If you have taken the Negotiation Workshop, you may apply for either the Fall or Spring semester Clinics. If you have not yet taken the Negotiation Workshop, your acceptance into HNMCP in the Spring semester is dependent on your acceptance into the Winter Negotiation Workshop.
LLM students register for classes during the summer prior to their LLM year. We hold 2 places for LLMs in the Spring Clinic only. LLMs interested in the Spring Clinic must apply and be accepted to the Winter Negotiation Workshop. They must also send a resume and one-page statement of interest to the clinic administrator, Tracy Blanchard (tblanchard[at]law[dot]harvard[dot]edu) when they register for classes.