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Copyright (c) 1998 Florida Law Review
Florida Law Review

ARTICLE: Teaching Dispute Resolution in the First Year of Law School: An Evaluation of the Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia

September, 1998

1998 Fla. L. Rev. 609

Author

Ronald M. Pipkin *

Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

The Program to Integrate Dispute Resolution into the Standard First-Year Curriculum at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law began in 1985. Supported by grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education and from the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (NIDR), the Program was one of the first in the country to infuse dispute resolution instruction into the standard first-year curriculum. FIPSE requires that funded projects include an outside evaluation component. Professor Leonard Riskin, Director of the Project, invited me to serve as evaluator of the project's efforts in the first year. I agreed to the task with pleasure. I had been following the progress of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) movement outside of law school, 1 and, while I was unaware of Professor Riskin's project, I was interested in seeing what was being done in this area of legal education. I claimed no special expertise in dispute resolution and I am not a law school teacher. My research experience has been primarily in the sociology of legal education and the legal profession, and it was from that orientation that I was prepared to examine this curricular development. 2 I was not prepared to evaluate the program per se, that is, to determine whether the faculty performance, institutional resources, or constructed teaching materials were appropriate to the task. 3 Rather, I took as my focus the objective of the program, which was to intervene and ...
 
 
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