Welcome, HLS class of 2021! There are many incredible opportunities available to you at HLS, including journals, social organizations, service organizations, and research and writing opportunities. One of the most rewarding ways to get involved, though, is through the student practice organizations (SPOs), which allow you to jump right in and get practical, hands-on experience early in your law school career.
The Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) offers students the opportunity to mediate small claims disputes and harassment prevention orders in local courts as well as ad hoc cases outside of court. As some of you may know already, and others will quickly discover, the adversarial trial system is not always the best way to resolve disputes. As mediators, we provide a valuable service to the community by helping parties in conflict better understand their own interests as well as those of the other party, and, hopefully, come to an agreement.
Once the application and interviewing process is complete, new HMP members will participate in a 32-hour training program, which will take place over two weekends, September 29 & 30 and October 13 & 14, 2018. Once training is completed, participants will attend a designated court session once every other week for at least two semesters. In addition, HMP offers roundtables and guest speakers in the ADR field.
For more information please contact our Recruiting Directors, Zhade Long and Spencer Welsh at firstname.lastname@example.org; call the HMP office at 617.495.1854; or stop by our office in Pound Hall, Room 521.
Laura Bloomer & Margaret Huang, Co-Presidents
P.S. HMP also offers a spring semester basic training. Stay tuned for spring training dates!