Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 0/16
Credits: 2
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1130-1330
  • WB119
01/24/2022 04/25/2022

Course Description

Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace introduces students to arbitration and mediation processes as used to resolve employment disputes in the union and nonunion workplace. While arbitration and mediation have a long history in the unionized workplace, the nonunion workplace increasingly utilizes these two forms of dispute resolution, primarily to resolve legal disputes. A 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing employers to impose on employees arbitration requirements that preclude them from bringing class and collective actions has further encouraged employers to adopt arbitration for employee legal claims. The course will combine lecture and discussion with skills training and experiential learning. The skills training and experiential learning will be valuable for anyone interested in alternative dispute resolution or litigation, as the skills transfer outside the substantive law area and these processes are a growing part of the legal practice in a variety of areas of law. The course includes an introduction to the law relating to these processes in the workplace, particularly with respect to labor arbitration, which is somewhat unique, but the primary focus is on skills training and development.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: The course will require preparation of an arbitration brief due via EXPO (details and deadline to be announced).

Other Work
The course will require participation in both graded and ungraded simulations of arbitration and mediation. There will be no exams.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Labor Law, Employment Law, or Employment Discrimination would be helpful, as would any other ADR course, but none are required. Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 22, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM