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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 Carey 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.

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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

The Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies on the ground floor of Silverman Hall serves as the ...

Clinic students hone vital interpersonal skills during legal simulations with trained actors

Trained actors assist law students to practice their legal representation skills before jumping into real-world work.

Dwayne Bensing GED’09, L’12: From Philadelphia public school teacher to civil rights advocate

Dwayne Bensing GED’09, L’12 is a Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Delaware focusing on policy advocacy.

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.