Open to both 2Ls and 3Ls, students in the Family Mediation Clinic are trained to be Qualified Child Custody and Visitation Mediators pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 9:334. Family Mediation Clinic students are required to co-enroll in the Child Custody and Mediation skills course. Students who successfully complete the Clinic and who have perfect attendance in the Skills Course will receive a certificate they can submit to be listed on the Louisiana State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Mediation Registry upon their admission to the Louisiana Bar.
The Family Mediation Clinic provides intensive instruction and simulation that prepares students to be capable mediators in all forms of disputes. Although the clinic focuses on mediation in the family context, the skills learned are applicable in other mediation and negotiation contexts.
Once trained, students are provided with the opportunity to mediate for real families in crisis and assist with their self-determination of child custody, visitation, support and property. Mediations are held weekly at the Family Court and may also be scheduled in the clinic.
The Family Mediation Clinic is only offered in the spring, and students must be concurrently enrolled in the Divorce and Child Custody Mediation skills course (5828). Students commit to work a minimum of 90 hours over the course of the semester that includes all training, simulation, classroom, class preparation and actual mediation sessions (excluding classroom time and preparation for the skills course).