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The Fowler School of Law mediation clinic programs allow students to develop and practice mediation skills under the supervision of experienced attorney mediators. Students may participate in the Mediation Clinic at the Riverside or Orange County Superior Courts, the Riverside County Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Clinic, or the Riverside County Restorative Justice Program.

The Mediation Clinic allows students to become certified mediators, where they will mediate real cases with actual litigants in civil harassment restraining orders, collections, unlawful detainer, limited civil cases, and more. Students mediate approximately 700 real cases each year, helping to ease an overloaded court caseload. The Mediation Clinic has been instrumental in designing and implementing a program of mandatory settlement conferences for debt collection cases at the court as well as a new workshop to help inform parties of their options for settlement. Students interact with practicing attorneys, judges, and other court officers so they have an understanding of real-world procedures before graduating from law school.

The Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Clinic provides an important resource for male adolescents residing in Juvenile Hall, as they experience issues as impactful as race conflicts and gang rivalries. Each week, Juvenile Hall supervisors refer young men who have been involved in altercations to the student mediators, offering dispute mediation and peer mediation training.

The Restorative Justice Program brings together the court, District Attorney’s Office, police, probation departments, and students to provide restorative justice services. In this program, students work creatively to provide a safe and meaningful platform for open communication and mediation between crime victims and offenders.

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The Student Experience

  • Dana H. ('14)
  • Jaryn S. ('14)
  • Cody B. ('14)
  • Dana

    "The Mediation clinic is unique because it allows law students to work independently with multiple real world clients every week. Through the clinic, I was able to help people resolve serious legal issues that impacted their daily lives, such as restraining order and debt collection issues. The clinic also taught me how to be more effective in persuasion, a skill that will be invaluable when I am a practicing attorney. "

    -Dana H. ('14)

  • Jaryn S.

    "The Mediation Clinic offered me an experience that is entirely different from any classroom or internship experience I have had during law school. Not only did it provide me with the opportunity to hit the ground running and apply skills that I learned in the classroom in the real world, but it gave me the chance to work with young men in Juvenile Hall as a mediator."

    -Jaryn S. ('14)

  • Cody

    "The Mediation Clinic provides an unmatched practical experience. Every week, I mediate multiple actual cases with real parties. I have become comfortable in the court setting, and confidently participate in the court's procedures. I now have a greater experience in communicating with clients, lawyers and judges"

    -Cody B. ('14)

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Mediation Clinic News

Alumna Amanda Singer used the Mediation Clinic to help her get a job in a highly competitive field for recent graduates. Watch an interview about her experience »

Fowler School of Law Introduces First Peer Mediation Clinic as Part of Juvenile Mediation Clinic. Read more »