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Malibu Campus

Extended Format: May 29-July 31, 2013

Wednesdays: 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Mediation Clinic

Pre-requisite: LAW 1422 Mediation Theory and Practice

This practicum offers students the opportunity to actually apply mediation theory in context and to enhance their mediation skills by serving as the mediator in numerous small-claims court cases and other referred disputes. Students share the specifics of their mediation experiences in class and receive feedback on their strategic and tactical choices, as well as on their tone and demeanor. This critical review is designed to cultivate and refine advanced mediation skills. Students must be available to mediate six hours per week during normal business hours.


Stephanie Bell is Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Prior to joining the Pepperdine community, Professor Bell served as the Manager of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group, and also served as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the City of Seattle.