Students participating in this clinic will be appointed by judges of the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, to represent pro se litigants who will be participating in mediation. Students will advise these clients during the mediation phase only. Students will be required to interview the clients; research the law; counsel the clients regarding the strengths and weaknesses of their cases; and advise the clients during the mediation process. If an agreement is reached, students will be involved in either drafting or reviewing the agreement. Students will be supervised by attorney, Ralph Morris, who is the director of this clinic. Students will also be mentored by attorneys from the law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP.
This clinic is one semester long and students who successfully complete the course will earn 3 graded credits. Students must be eligible to obtain a 711 license. Prerequisites for this course are either Mediation (any topic), Dispute Resolution, Negotiations, or equivalent previous experience. Permission of the instructor is required. Please submit both a resume and an unofficial transcript with your application.