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Mediation in Magistrate’s Court

Volunteers will conduct mediations in Richland County Magistrate’s Court applying the unique skills and techniques garnered in the extensive immersion training. Before a client can ask for a jury trial in Magistrate’s Court they must agree to attend mediation.

Training: 24 hours with 10–16 hours of observation

Purpose of Organization

  • To provide opportunities for law students to work along side judges and clients in the Richland and Lexington County Magistrate court system in SC
  • To provide skills development and enhancement opportunities for law students
  • To create an awareness of the problems and rewards of being a mediator
  • To observe the SC court system in action

Requirements or Qualifications

Law students must:

  • be in good academic standing
  • complete and submit the Volunteer Enrollment Form
  • have completed one year of law school
  • have an interest in serving the indigent population

Responsibilities of Organizations:

The Midlands Mediation Program office must:

  • agree to properly supervise the work of the law student
  • provide clear and timely instructions
  • seek opportunities to expose the students to various tasks
  • provide feedback when possible.

Responsibilities of the Students

The students must:

  • communicate effectively and efficiently with the Midlands Mediation Center office
  • complete tasks in a timely and competent manner
  • seek assistance when needed
  • perform duties professionally
  • treat this volunteer opportunity as if it was a paying or for-credit position

Skills Opportunities

The following Core Skills may be associated with this particular volunteer opportunity. Not all tasks will contain all of these skills. See the complete Core Competencies & Skills Inventory for more details.

  • Core Skill: Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
  • Core Skill: Critical Reading Abilities
  • Core Skill: Task Organization and Management
  • Core Skills: Professionalism