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Mediation Clinic

With its cutting-edge technology-based instruction and breadth of sophisticated faculty-supervised fieldwork, the Mediation Clinic has maintained its preeminent place as a national model for mediation courses while providing high quality free mediation services.

The Lawyer as Neutral

Founded in 1986, Penn Law’s Mediation Clinic was one of the first real case programs of its kind in the nation. With its cutting-edge technology-based instruction and breadth of sophisticated faculty-supervised fieldwork, it has maintained its preeminent place as a national model for mediation courses.

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Mediation Defined

Mediation involves the intervention of a neutral third party into an existing or threatened dispute, with the aim of facilitating a negotiated resolution of the conflict. Lawyers are increasingly immersed in this arena, both as mediators and as traditional representatives of clients whose matters are subject to a mediation resolution. The number of disputes that are resolved through mediation now exceeds exponentially those that are tried in courts. It is also a subject of great interest to transactional lawyers.

Students

For students interested in participating in the Mediation Clinic, learn more about what you’ll learn, registration information, and prerequisites.

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Mediation Clinic

mediation@law.upenn.edu

Tel: 215.898.8427

Mediation Clinic students learn that ‘lawyers can be problem-solvers as well as warriors’

Led by Practice Professor Douglas Frenkel L’72, Adjunct Professor of Law Michele Goldfarb, and Lecturer in Law Sharon Eckstein L’86, Mediation Clinic students learn to exercise unbiased lawyering judgment by facilitating real mediation sessions.

Professor Douglas Frenkel directs Penn Law's Mediation Clinic.

Penn Law’s Mediation Clinic: Tackling international child abduction disputes

Two Law School students traveled with Professor Douglas Frenkel L’72, the Mediation Clinic’s director, to mediate an international child abduction dispute in Omaha, Nebraska.

Professor Douglas Frenkel L'72 is an expert on mediation and has traveled the world discussing th...

Douglas Frenkel L’72 travels the world to speak about mediation

Douglas Frenkel L’72 traveled around the world speaking about the American system of alternative dispute resolution and the work he has done in Penn Law’s clinics.