This student run project provides an opportunity for students who have completed an eighteen hour training course at the Law School - provided by court personnel, judges, law school professors and recent Law School graduates - to become certified as Trained Mediators by the New Jersey Superior Court. After completion of the training, offered on three Saturday mornings in late January and early February, and then observing two mediation sessions at the Superior or Municipal Court, the students then put their mediation and conciliation skills to work on cases assigned by the respective courts.
Usually in teams of two, the students listen to both sides, and provide guidance to the parties so that they can agree upon and then structure their own resolution. This program is highly valued by the courts, as many parties are able to resolve their issues without litigation. Many cases are thus removed from the courts' dockets. Moreover, this provides valuable experience to students and demonstrates that for appropriate cases there is an efficient and successful alternative to litigation.
Rutgers law students provide mediation services, on the average of two afternoons each week, at the Camden Superior Court and the Camden Municipal Court.