Mediation Course


Under the Supreme Court Rules, forty hours of training is required for the mediation course. Due to the weather cancellations, it is impossible to make up the two missed days in the remaining three to cover the requirements.

For those of you who are outside participants (attorneys, judges, and professionals) the Law School will hold your registration until the August course. It will be held August 18-22, 2014. Students have the option of adding a different course for this semester. The administrators of the course are working on possibilities for those students needing credit in order to graduate this coming May. Patience on this issue is appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you in August ~ John L. Krauss

The Program on Law and State Government will be sponsoring the course titled "Public Policy Mediation within State Government" for the Spring Semester, January 6-10, 2014. This two (2) credit course will offer law students mediation training, instruction on substantive aspects of public policy mediation in the state government setting, and the opportunity to participate in the mediation process with an experienced mediator.

The course is open to non-students as well. It will be of particular interest to practicing attorneys, municipal and state lawyers, judges and professionals in all public policy fields. Attorneys receive 24.0 CLE credits in addition to the 40-hour Civil Mediation training certification.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the state government mediation course include offering law students the opportunity to:

  • Receive 40 hours of basic civil mediation training that will qualify law students to become registered civil mediators under Ind. A.D.R. Rule 2.5. Approval has been granted by the Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education qualifying the 40-hour training for Supreme Court certification.
  • Gain valuable mediation experience by participating in the mediation process under the supervision and guidance of sponsoring mediators, state agencies, and offices.
  • Learn about aspects of state government law and policy as they relate to mediation.

Structure of Course

To reach the educational objectives, the state government mediation course is structured as follows:

The course provides 40 hours of basic civil mediation training. This training will be conducted one week before the regular semester begins. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to qualify as registered civil mediators under Ind. A.D.R. Rule 2.5.

Each law student will be matched with a sponsoring mediator, office, or agency and be required to devote at least ten (10) hours working with their sponsor on one or more mediations throughout the course of the semester. The students' time will be spent preparing for the mediation (e.g., learning the procedural posture and the substantive law involved in the dispute to be mediated, providing assistance to the primary mediator to the case, providing assistance to the state agency or office mediating the case), participating in the mediation, and, if appropriate, following up with the parties about the relative success or failure of the mediation.

Four class meetings, scheduled during the regular semester, focus on continued mediation training and the exploration of substantive aspects of state government law and policy as they relate to mediation in state government. The Course Director will serve as the students' advisor throughout the semester. (E.g., conduct the class meetings, coordinate individual mediation experiences with sponsoring mediators, agencies, or offices, coordinate continued mediation training, gather feedback from the students on their mediation experiences, and, ultimately, assign a passing or failing grade to each law student.)

Selection of Students

Law students will register for the Public Policy Mediation within State Government course during registration. Priority will be given to third-year law students. As described further below, the mediation skills course will be interdisciplinary.

In addition to the law students, the class will contain state government lawyers and policy makers. The registration of state government personnel will also be by application. Attorneys receive 24 CLE course in addition to the 40-hour Civil Mediation training certification. For information, please contact:

Sylvia Regalado, Faculty Assistant
Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis
Telephone: 317-274-1914
Fax: 317-278-4785

» Spring 2014 Flyer/Registration Form (PDF)

Course Recommendations

  • "Great class—one of the best that I have had!" —Attorney
  • "This was a great course. Interesting and stimulating. Even if I never serve as a mediator, this course has benefited me as a lawyer." —State attorney
  • "This course addressed every concern I had about mediation, including strategizing, caucusing, developing issues and marketing yourself. I really learned a great deal." —Attorney
  • "The caliber of the speakers was excellent. I really enjoyed role playing because it was hands on." —Attorney
  • "A fascinating and intensive introduction to civil mediation. The instructors brought a wealth of experiences, styles and knowledge to the course. It was fun." —State attorney
  • "This is an excellent course for those involved in public policy determination and dispute resolution. Those involved in other broad policy concerns (hospitals, education, economic development) would profit from attendance as well." —Municipal attorney

Course Advisor, Mediation Trainers, and Experts

Due to the unique nature of the course structure, specifically, a combination of mediation training, substantive law instruction, and experiential learning, the course will be taught by a team of mediation experts and educators.

The primary mediation trainer will be John Krauss, Course Director, an experienced mediator and educator who is qualified to conduct basic mediation training under the Indiana Supreme Court Rules. Additional trainers and qualified experts will assist in teaching the 40-hour course with respect to lawyers and litigation, public policy mediation, mediation in the state government setting, areas of substantive law, and interpersonal communication skills and dynamics.

Evaluation of Student Performance

The course will be offered as a two (2) credit pass/fail course. Final evaluation of each student's performance will be made by the Course Director working in conjunction with the sponsoring mediator, agency or office with which the student works during the course of the semester. The assessment will be based on the students' successful completion of the 40 hour training, the students' learning as reflected in class meetings, and required presentations and/or papers about the students' respective training and experiences with mediation in state government.