Howard University

Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic

Alternative Dispute Resolution Externship - ADR Experiential Learning Program (ADRELP)
Homer C. La Rue, Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney

The ADRELP is a collaboration between the Law School and various units of the Internal Justice System (IJS) of the World Bank Group (the WBG). The World Bank Group is an international development institution that extends financial and technical assistance to developing nations to combat poverty and promote economic growth. The WBG employs more than 9,000 individuals in over 100 offices worldwide. A significant number of the staff (approximately two-thirds) works in the WBGs headquarters in Washington, DC. The Banks IJS conflict resolution system provides both informal and formal means of addressing staff complaints. The work of the students in the ADRELP will be in one or more of the units of the IJS.

The participating units of the IJS of the WBG in which students may be placed include but are not limited to: (1) Mediation; (2) Office of Integrity; (3) Office of Business Ethics; (4) IJS Coordinator; (5) HR Case Management; (6) The Administrative Legal Unit; and (7) Peer Review. During the course of the year-long program, a student may rotate from one unit to another.

The ADRELP is also a unique collaboration between the Law School ADR Clinic and the General Externship Program, to provide Howard Law students with a capstone ADR experience. In the IJS of the WBG, law students will be afforded an experiential opportunity to learn how alternative dispute resolution mechanisms function in an international organization.

The ADRELP is an eight (8) credit, year-long clinical course offering. The course is open to a maximum of ten (10) students each year. Students wishing to enroll in the ADRELP must take the ADR survey course as a prerequisite to enrolling in the ADRELP. Although courses in employment law and international relations and law are not prerequisites, consideration will be given to those students who have a demonstrable interest in employment law and international relations.

Students must be available to work between 12-16 hours per week at the site of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, and must be available to do so in both the Fall and the Spring semester. Preference for enrollment will be given to rising 3Ls, who have taken the ADR Survey course, and who have a demonstrable interest in employment law and international relations. Enrollment in the ADRELP will be based on an application and an interview. There will be a seminar classroom component which meets once per week for seventy-five (75) minutes. This classroom component may be taught by a combination of full-time faculty at the Law School and adjunct faculty. Students will receive a total of eight (8) credit hours for the course, four (4) credits per semester, with the understanding that a student must complete both semesters of the course in order to receive any credit for the program overall.

ADR Externship
John Woods, Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Clinic is an eight (8) credit, one year clinical course offering. The course is open to a maximum of ten (10) students. Students wishing to enroll in the ADR Clinic must take the ADR survey course as a prerequisite to enrolling in the ADR Clinic.

The ADR Clinic has a classroom component as well as a practical dispute and case management component. The classroom component includes a weekly seminar where students study the choices available to lawyers concerning the resolution of disputes. Through the use of simulated exercises, the classroom component will give students an opportunity to learn how to represent clients in dispute resolution processes other than litigation. Finally, students will also learn the skills necessary to function as an effective third-party in various disputes. Dispute resolution processes that will be examined during this course include, but are not limited to, mediation, arbitration, negotiation, conciliation, and collaborative law.

The practical component provides students with the opportunity to address actual disputes and cases with the assistance of lawyers and professional ADR practitioners. Disputes and cases to be addressed by students will come from several sources. Through partnerships with agencies such as the United States Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and the United States Department of Homeland Security, students will be placed with and provide intake and ADR services (i.e., mediation and conciliation) for partner agencies and organizations.

The Howard University community will also serve as another source for cases and disputes. Students will address university wide disputes as well as provide ADR services to other Howard University School of Law clinical programs as needed.

The objective of this course, in part, is to provide participating students with (1) ADR skills development; (2) training to become problem solvers; (3) in depth analysis of ADR systems and processes; and (4) hands-on practical experience that bridges theory and practice.

updated: January 29, 2016