Amanda Gray | May 16, 2019
Notre Dame Law School’s Applied Mediation Clinic, led by Professor Michael Jenuwine, gives students practical experience both in and out of the classroom, preparing them to enter the legal profession and work with clients.
Nick Burandt, a third-year law student, said the clinic enabled him to hone the interpersonal client skills that he will need while working in a clerkship or a law firm after graduation.
The Applied Mediation Clinic is one of five clinics where Notre Dame Law students work on real cases under the supervision of experienced faculty members. Located inside the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center at 725 Howard Street in South Bend, the Applied Mediation Clinic serves local residents who are litigating civil matters such as child custody and contract disputes.
Burandt compared his clinic experience with preparing for an exam in a traditional class. He said that, like an exam, you need to be able to pull the actual problem from a set group of information. But he said working in the clinic is more intense, requiring patience and professionalism with the parties going through the mediation.
“You have to spot the issues, working with the facts you’re given,” Burandt said. “Usually, one of the mediators is drafting the agreement on the spot, too.”
Jenuwine envisioned the Applied Mediation clinic to be a place for students to get formative practical experience to round out their legal education at Notre Dame.
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