Mediation Program

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Mediation is a growing industry within the legal profession and Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a community leader in immersing students in the art of conflict resolution. Students receive intensive training in mediation and then have the opportunity to gain experience working with real clients and cases in an actual courtroom setting.

Thomas Jefferson has partnered with the San Diego Small Claims Court to create a clinical opportunity that allows students to see "up close and personal" the benefits of alternative approaches to dispute resolution. As mediators in the Small Claims Mediation Program, the students apply the communication, listening and facilitation skills they have acquired in class to assist clients in settling their cases.

More advanced students may be selected to serve in other programs, including the Probate Court Mediation Program, which mediates cases involving guardianships and conservatorships. Following referrals from the Probate Court, participants in this program mediate cases right on the TJSL campus.

The Mediation Program helps students envision novel approaches in which attorneys can help clients move beyond their disputes in creative, constructive and immensely satisfying ways.

Interested students are afforded the opportunity to work with Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mentors so they can learn from lawyers who work in the mediation field.

The Mediation Program is under the direction of Professor Ellen Waldman.

For more information about TJSL’s Mediation Program, please contact us at

Mediation Program

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

701 B St. Suite 1150

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.961.4368

Fax: 619.961.1368

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