Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/16
Credits: 2

Course Description

Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace introduces students to arbitration and mediation processes as used 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. A 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing employers to unilaterally 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, but the primary focus is on skills training and development.

Course Requirements

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Final Type (if any):
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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 Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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