ADR in the Workplace is a simulation-based skills course that examines the doctrinal background and the practice of arbitration and mediation in the contexts of labor and employment disputes. Given increased use of various ADR processes, it should be of particular interest to students intending a career in labor or employment law, as well as to those with a more general litigation focus who want to gain practical exposure to ADR.

In addition to a doctrinal introduction focused on the development and legal standing of arbitration, there are in-class exercises in which students will learn to analyze fact patterns, make arguments, and issue rulings. Later in the semester, students conduct two simulated arbitration hearings (and write post-hearing briefs) and two simulated mediations, and also write an arbitration decision based on an assigned fact pattern.