University of Miami School of Law CourseLink Course Description - Online System
 StudentLink New   Concentration/Area of Focus Registration New     Attendance System New

Fall 2022

Course Description
This course will examine the field of designing disputes resolution systems and give students the opportunity to analyze, deconstruct and reconstruct systems to function in accordance with their explicit and implicit goals. Students will be provided with a practical framework in dispute resolution concepts and have the opportunity to incorporate strategies/structures in systems of their choice. Through this process, past students have explored a variety of systems including: direct filing in juvenile justice, access to healthcare benefits, the ways in which tickets to the Olympics are distributed, FIFA salaries, the school of choice lottery system, grievance procedures within corporations, several pro se advocacy projects, rural legal assistance projects, the bid process for municipal contracts, and more. Students are supported in design work through readings, guest speakers, peer critique of drafts and individualized feedback. Knowledge of, or interest in, mediation/negotiation is recommended.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-22-2022 - 11-30-2022   T  3:30 PM-5:20 PM F200

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: In-class participation, exercises, presentation and a paper.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Getting to Yes
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Fisher and Ury
    Publisher: Penguin Publishing
    ISBN: 978-0143118756
  • Textbook Name: Aspen Coursebook Series Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Rogers, Nancy H., Bordone, Robert C., Sander, Frank E.A., McEwen, Craig A.
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 2
    ISBN: 9781454880820
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: I look forward to welcoming you to our course on Tuesday, August 23rd and ask that you submit a brief bio via email to at your earliest convenience. Please include the following: 1) A summary of your work history (legal and non-legal). You may substitute a résumé if that’s easier. 2) Your educational background and degree(s). (May be handled by a résumé as described above) 3) Your area(s) of interest for your legal career. 4) Why this course appeals to you. This information will help me design the course to connect to your goals. Thank you! I look forward to seeing you soon! To schedule a virtual meeting, please email Detra at and indicate your availability, so we can coordinate. Take care and stay safe.   



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2599
Office: B447