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Frequently Asked Questions – Family Mediation

Below you will find answers to many of the questions you may have about participating in the Family Mediation Clinic.


Who is eligible to participate in the Family Mediation Clinic?
The clinic is open to both 2L and 3L students. Students are not required to have completed Family Law prior to enrollment in the clinic, but students must concurrently enroll in the Divorce and Child Custody Mediation simulation course (5828). Students may only participate in one clinic or field placement per semester.

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What is the application process for the Family Mediation Clinic?
Students wishing to enroll in the Family Mediation Clinic must apply through the uniform application process for all clinics and field placements. Students will be asked to rank their clinic and field placement preferences, provide a resumé and answer questions regarding relevant experiences and interests in their selections. The online application form will be made available on the website once the application period opens. Please note that the application period begins and ends several weeks prior to the registration period for all other classes. As a result, interested students should plan ahead and keep an eye out for e-mails and announcements regarding the clinics and field placements application period each semester. A phone or in-person interview may be required depending on the number of applicants.

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What is the student selection criteria for the Family Mediation Clinic?
Although the high level of interest generally necessitates a competitive selection process, there is no set criteria for a successful candidate other than a demonstrated commitment to hard work and professionalism. In fact, clinic faculty make a concerted effort to select students with diverse experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and interests to create a rich learning experience for all participants.

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How many students can enroll in the Family Mediation Clinic?
The clinic accepts a maximum of four students each semester.

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How many hours must students devote to the Family Mediation Clinic for the semester?
Students are required to devote a minimum of 90 hours to the clinic. These hours are obtained by attending Family Court every Tuesday for rule day, scheduled mediations in the clinic and preparing notes from each mediation conducted or observed. To track time spent on clinic activities, student attorneys are required to submit weekly written time sheets.

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Are there any special scheduling requirements for the Family Mediation Clinic?
Students must be available all day on Tuesdays to attend Family Court. An early morning class may be taken provided the student can be at the courthouse by about 10:30 a.m. The ending time will vary based on the number of mediations referred on a given day, therefore students may schedule classes in the late afternoons on Tuesday. Students with questions about potential scheduling conflicts on Tuesdays should communicate with Professor Lancaster prior to enrolling in the Family Mediation Clinic. Additional mediations may be scheduled in the clinic on various days and students are encouraged to attend these mediations as their schedules permit.

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Are there any special costs associated with taking the Family Mediation Clinic?
The clinic provides student attorneys with the resources needed such as routine office supplies. However, students are responsible for their own travel to and from court. Students are also responsible for paying for their parking when attending court on Tuesdays. Various pay lots are available, and students can park at the parking garages located at the corner of Government Street and St. Louis Street for $3 per day (cash only upon exit).

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What are the role and responsibilities of Family Mediation Clinic students?
Students will begin observing mediations at Family Court. Students must take notes and write a summary of the mediation with their reflections. As the semester progresses, students will take turns mediating cases under the supervision of faculty.

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How can I get answers to additional questions I have about the clinic?
You can contact Professor Robert Lancaster directly with questions at rlancast@lsu.edu.

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