During the two week winter break each January, Cardozo offers students the opportunity to enroll in intensive courses. In addition to various seminars abroad, the Kukin Program also offers coursework and programs at Cardozo for interested students. This year's January courses* are as follows:
Professors: Abramson and Waldman
This intensive, interactive course introduces students to negotiation and mediation theory and develops strategies and skills for effective attorney representation in mediation. The course will examine attorney responsibilities in advising clients about dispute resolution options, in preparing both the case and the client for mediation, and in representing the client effectively in the mediation session itself. There will be a substantial reading assignment prior to the commencement of the course. The program will culminate in the students participating in a mock mediation coached by seasoned mediators. There is an additional fee for this course of $550. The course will have a take-home examination which will be available after the final class.
This course can be used to satisfy the Mediation competency for the Certificate in Dispute Resolution, the Mediation competency for LL.M. students pursuing a degree in General Studies with a concentration in ADR, and can count towards the ADR credit requirements for LL.M. students pursuing a degree in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.
This seminar provides students an introduction to both theoretical and practice-based foundations of negotiation. Through simulation-based exercises and classroom discussions, the course will cover the elements of both integrative and distributive bargaining; barriers to agreement and strategies to overcome them; the nature of dialogue; negotiation power; the role of culture, gender and race in negotiations; negotiation preparation, tactics, initial and responsive strategies, and ethics.
This course can be used to satisfy the Negotiation competency for the Certificate in Dispute Resolution, the Negotiation competency for LL.M. students pursuing a degree in General Studies with a concentration in ADR, and can count towards the ADR credit requirements for LL.M. students pursuing a degree in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.
Collaborative Family Law
This interactive class will introduce students to Collaborative Family Law, the newest and fastest growing alternative dispute resolution process, which offers a new framework and skill set to help attorneys resolve conflicts out of court. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, discussion and role play exercises, students will learn the fundamental concepts and basic skills that underlie the Collaborative framework. The class will be structured around the actual stages of the collaborative negotiation process, from the initial consultation with clients and assessing appropriateness of the process, to the joint meetings, through the "end game" of negotiating a collaborative settlement. This one credit Pass/Fail course will require reading, written reflection, and class participation in order to achieve a passing grade.
This course can be used to satisfy the Negotiation competency for the Certificate in Dispute Resolution.
Professors: Kobak/Dean Marcia Levy
In this 10-day immersion course, students will gain essential skills needed for effective client representation in doing deals. Students learn drafting, client consultation, matter management and negotiation through interactive workshops and guided practice sessions designed to give them opportunities to develop their skills. The course ends with the final deal negotiation. Students are taught by Cardozo full-time and adjunct faculty, along with respected lawyers in transactional practice who provide feedback throughout the program and critique the final negotiation. This is a pass/fail course. (Note: Since this course has corporations as a prerequisite, it is not open to 1L students).
*The January courses are subject to changes and some of them to an additional fee. Check with the Registrar for more comprehensive and up-to-date information.