Mediation Clinic

Raising awareness about the mediation process has strong and lasting transforming potential to the law students. According to Professor Daniela Monteiro Gabbay, the Mediation Clinic at DIREITO SP has three main approaches to the training of mediation skills:

The first one is the community mediation, developed within the School´s neighboring community, organized in a network called Rede Social Bela Vista. The students actively participate in collective initiatives in order to promote the mediation and the culture of dialog and to improve the community’s empowerment to managing conflicts. These initiatives encourage citizens to become aware of their rights and duties and ready to solve their own conflicts.

The Mediation Clinic also analyzes consensual methods of dispute resolution in the Judicial System. Students have the opportunity to observe real conciliation sessions within Judicial Courts, which take place before or during a lawsuit.

Finally, the Mediation Clinic also introduce students to business mediation, in activities and research studies focused on the market of mediation in Brazil and also in mock mediations, where the students play the role of mediators, parties and lawyers. At the end of the course, the students usually participate in a mock business mediation session with students from other law schools.