ADR Externships

The ADR Externship Program through CNDR is for advanced dispute resolution students who want an in-depth practical learning experience.

Through the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR), students may participate in externship placements for credit. The Externship provides an opportunity for research, process observation and assessment, written analysis, supervised assignments, and reflective learning.

About the Course

The ADR Externship allows students to work with dispute resolution professionals to see ADR and organizational processes and programs in operation.  Under the guidance of a placement supervisor, students take primary responsibility for ADR-related assignments, projects, and activities.  Depending on the placement, students may have the opportunity to observe and participate in ADR processes, to attend meetings of practice groups, to engage in research and draft memoranda, program manuals, and protocols, to interact with parties, and to evaluate program efficacy.  Students must apply to and be accepted for the externship by the placement supervisor. The Externship requires students to meet high levels of professionalism in all aspects of their fieldwork.  Students must meet all work requirements set by the placement supervisor.

About the Instructor

The ADR Externship is taught by Clinical Professor Sheila Purcell.  Professor Purcell is a internationally known mediation teacher, trainer, and practitioner, known for her ADR work in the courts, and she is the current Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) at UC Hastings.

Questions? Please email Professor Purcell, or CNDR.

Externship FAQ

Sample Placements

Some of the places Hastings Students have externed:

  • San Francisco Superior Court
  • The California Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • SEEDS Community Resolution Center
  • Community Boards San Francisco
  • Arts Arbitration and Mediation Service at California Lawyers for the Arts
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California ADR Program
  • San Francisco ACCESS Program
  • United States Deptartent of Justice Community Relations Service
  • Alameda County Superior Court ADR Program