CSDR-LL.M. E-newsletter Archives

Vol. 1, Issue 3 - September 8, 2000

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We received feedback from last year's students that they generally enjoyed the program but wished that they had more clinical opportunities. Some students regretted that they didn't take advantage of the externship opportunities offered in the program. So current students should think whether an externship might be an important part of your individual course of study.

In general, externships are intended for students to observe, and to the extent possible, participate in dispute resolution activities of neutral dispute resolution professionals or to participate in the dispute resolution system design or implementation activities of a court, administrative agency, educational system, or company. Jim Levin is responsible for assisting interested students in identifying and arranging externship placements.

Some students may do the externship activities during the summer, perhaps after you have completed your coursework, and other students may do externship activities during the regular academic year. Externship is a pass-fail course for one to six credits. Students earn one credit for every 60 hours of externship activity. Thus, if a student does an externship during the summer after classes are over, the student could complete one credit's worth of activities in about a week and a half. Externship activities may take place anywhere in the world, so students may arrange for externships when they return home or go somewhere other than Missouri. Students must write daily journal entries analyzing the day's activities as well as a final entry analyzing the entire activity.

Full-time students can graduate at the normal time in terms of participating in the graduation ceremony even if they have not completed the requirements for the externship by the time of the ceremony. Of course, the degree will not actually be awarded until all the graduation requirements are completed.

Some students may find that doing an externship during the summer would "even out" their workload and be an important piece in your program. Students often devote a substantial amount of time in the winter semester working on their papers for the DR Seminar course. Doing the externship in the summer can help relieve workload pressure during the winter. Students also can plan your seminar papers on topics related to planned externship activities during the summer.

Because it can take some time to arrange for appropriate placements and this would probably affect your course planning for the winter semester, students who might be interested in an externship should begin to think about this.

Here is the schedule for the next two brownbag lunches:

Sept. 11 - Jerry Organ, Richard Reuben, and Len Riskin Sept. 18 - Bob Bailey, John Lande, Jean Sternlight, and Jim Levin Faculty will give brief presentations about how they became interested in dispute resolution, how their careers unfolded, and their current interests. We will reserve time for questions and discussion. We plan to start promptly, so please plan your food-gathering accordingly. The brownbags will take place in Room 109.

At the beginning of the session on September 11, we will spend a short time planning later sessions. If you have specific ideas, speakers, etc., please be prepared to suggest them then.


Even though the majority of your coursework for your LL.M. program is taken in the Law School, LL.M. students are considered graduate students at MU. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) will have its first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Black Culture Center. All graduate students are welcome, but they are particularly interested in having a department representative attend. These representatives will vote on topics including student travel reimbursement, the annual community service award, and a variety of issues important to graduate students at MU. If you would like additional information about GSA, please see Karen Neylon.


The Conciliation Center in Kansas City will present an 8-hour mediation training on Sat., Oct. 14 in Kansas City. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the principles of Restorative Justice and their applications to Victim Offender Mediation. The Conciliation Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of community-based dispute resolution programs and administers the RESPECT and FACE-TO-FACE victim offender mediation programs in metropolitan Kansas City. More information on the training, including a registration form, is in the binder on Laura's desk.

In August 2000 the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws approved extensive revisions to the Uniform Arbitration Act. A one-day symposium on Friday, October 20 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis will feature members of the committee responsible for drafting the approved revisions and representatives of bar, industry and trade associations who will address how the revisions will impact arbitration as we know it. The symposium will be chaired by Dean Tim Heinsz and Ron Sturtz of Hannoch Weisman P.C. in Livingston, NJ. Other MU law faculty members participating will be Richard Reuben and Jean Sternlight.

Additional information is available from the MU Center for Continuing Legal Education at 573-882-7251 or www.law.missouri.edu/cle The symposium will qualify for 8.1 mandatory CLE hours in the State of Missouri, including one hour of ethics. Current LL.M. students may use their travel budget money to attend.