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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

  • Rewa O. (JD '22)
  • Silgai M. (JD '21)
  • Cody B. (JD '14)
  • Rewa O portrait"The Mediation Clinic gave me the opportunity to mediate with people of diverse backgrounds with diverse legal issues directly affecting their personal lives. Along with honing my communication and negotiation skills as a result of mediating between adverse parties and programming with youth offenders, participating in the Clinic also added empathetic communication to my arsenal of legal skills. Without empathy, there can be no meaningful connection with our clients, and without meaningful connection there can be no real trust and understanding."
  • Silgai M"Participating in the Juvenile Mediation Clinic was an incredible experience. Through the Clinic, I had the opportunity to work closely with the youth in Juvenile Hall and teach them conflict resolution skills. More so, the clinic showed me the importance of restorative justice and allowed me to make a positive impact in the lives of the youth. In law school classes, we often read cases about people and their legal issues. However, in the Clinic, you see firsthand how the law can impact the lives of the youth and how, as future lawyers, we can create change in the legal system."
  • 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"

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