The Texas A&M University School of Law has beefed up its ADR curriculum after welcoming Professor Nancy Welsh as Director of the Aggie Dispute Resolution Program this fall. According to a Texas A&M news release, all first-year law students will now be required to enroll in a one-credit survey course addressing ADR mechanisms. The law school has also begun offering an upper-level mediation workshop twice per year.
The news release states:
With Welsh at the helm, Texas A&M is launching a number of new program initiatives. Chief among them is the expansion of dispute resolution courses available to Texas A&M students earning a J.D. and the Masters of Jurisprudence.
The article adds:
“By the time the students reach second year, they understand that mediation is a regular part of legal practice in Texas,” noted Welsh. “The survey course introduces them to mediation, while the workshop gives students an opportunity to develop the critical skills needed to effectively mediate and represent clients.” Upper level students also may take a new two-credit course focusing on the theory, law and ethics of mediation.
The law school’s Master of Jurisprudence program is expected to expand its ADR focus through field studies in both Israel and Scotland.