Course Description

LAW 904 - Lawyer as Peacemaker

This course will examine cutting edge developments, lawyering roles, and practice skills that are necessary to prepare law students for a successful legal career to serve clients using a non-adversarial consumer orientation to expand legal access. Peacemaking is a lawyer mindset and toolbox to help clients reduce conflict and avoid litigation. The benefits of this approach expedite settlements, lower costs, increase privacy and control, reduce emotional toll and accelerate healing of relationships through apology and forgiveness.

The class will explore the basic peacemaking concepts, values, and perspectives  of limited scope representation, collaborative law, and preventive legal services. Students shall participate in simulations of key lawyering tasks such as:

•    Conduct a client consultation to explore and compare consensual and nonadversarial options to litigation;
•    Draft a limited scope lawyer-client engagement agreement and prepare an otherwise self-represented client for the lawyer to serve as ghostwriter for letters and court documents  as well as a negotiation coach;
•    Negotiate the terms of a Collaborative Law Agreement that disqualifies the negotiating lawyers from later representing their clients in litigation; and
•    Use preventive diagnostic tools to assess and maintain client legal wellness and to avoid future conflict and disputes.

 Successful completion of this condensed course requires students to attend all class sessions, to demonstrate understanding of assigned readings, to actively participate in class discussion, to fully prepare for simulation exercises and other assignments, and to complete a client letter (5-7 pages) discussing peacemaking strategies and process options.

Course Specific Learning Outcomes:

•    Learn the basic concepts, values and perspectives of peacemaking, limited scope representation values, collaborative law, and preventive legal services; survey developments in the legal profession and field of conflict resolution.
•    Learn and practice lawyering skills involved in these basic concepts
•    Explore alternative role models and possible career opportunities in peacemaking

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2019 - 2020

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Forrest Mosten 18S 904 LEC 1 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM 1.0 No No
Law 904 will meet on 1/3, 1/5, 1/8, 1/10, 1/12, from 2:00 - 4:40 pm in room 2483. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process. See: ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU
Forrest Mosten 19S 904 LEC 1 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM 1.0 No No
Law 904 meets 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/16, 1/17 from 2:00 - 4:40pm in RM 2483. Enrollment via separate process. See: ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU.
Experiential Courses - Clinics, Simulations, and Externships; Mini-Courses; Critical Race Studies;