Student Programs

Clinical Mediation/Negotiation Internship

Every year, a clinical internship is offered to eight select students at Western Law. In 2016, a negotiation skills component was incorporated into the internship, and students who complete this program will be granted a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc., and a Certificate of Participation in the Internship from the DRC.

The program requires students to participate in weekly training sessions where they are educated about these methods of alternative dispute resolution. The program involves both written components and hands-on training through stimulated scenarios. In addition to their training,the ADR Interns will be given the opportunity to conduct live mediations in the community, and assist Community Legal Services in live negotiation and settlement of files.

ADR Interns also lead community outreach programs, such as conflict resolution training workshops at local organizations. Lastly, Interns help conduct intakes at 810 Court, where parties seeking or defending peace bonds may be open to mediation as an alternative method of resolving their dispute.

Interested students should be committed to the learning process and have a keen desire to participate in alternative dispute resolution. The total time commitment required for the internship averages 6-7 hours per week. If you have any questions about the ADR Internship or any of its components please e-mail Intern applications will be accepted in early September of 2016.

Lunch and Learns

The DRC hosts a ADR Lunch and Learns throughout the year. Legal practitioners come in for each event to speak about their experience with different methods of alternative dispute resolution. Past speakers have included high-profile judges, labour law arbitrators, family law mediators, judges, and scholars.

Dates and topics for the 2016/2017 year series will be posted to this page in early September.

If you have any questions about the Lunch and Learn series please e-mail

1L Mediation Competition

In 2014, the Dispute Resolution Centre successfully launched the 1L Mediation Competition, open to all first-year Western Law students. Competition participants go through a brief training session and then compete in teams of two, acting as neutral mediators in an attempt to resolve a simulated conflict between disputing parties. The final round is followed with an award ceremony at a lunch where prominent guest speakers will talk about their experience working with alternative dispute resolution. This competition will allow participants to gain a unique set of skills vital to becoming a successful lawyer.

The competition is held in mid-October of 2016 and registration will open shortly beforehand. If you have any questions about the competition please email: