As the practice of law evolves, attorneys spend considerably much more time in negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations than in the courtroom. As a result, it is critical that law students possess effective skills in these contemporary methods of legal representation.
The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution (FECCR) serves as the focal point for dispute resolution education within South Texas College of Law Houston. The FECCR has as its primary mission the education of law students in both the theoretical foundations and practical applications of dispute resolution policies and procedures. The FECCR sponsors and administers a variety of programs and projects, including classes, trainings, clinical opportunities, externships, and dispute resolution competitions. Currently, South Texas College of Law Houston offers eight ADR-related courses, including a mediation clinic and a 40-hour basic mediation training which is open to both students and professionals. In addition, the FECCR sponsors teams for nine national and international ADR competitions annually with the concentration and focus on representing clients in a variety of dispute resolution processes. In the last several years, the FECCR and South Texas College of Law Houston have achieved recognition by winning a number of national and international dispute resolution competitions. According to PreLaw Magazine, a National Jurist publication, South Texas College of Law Houston is ranked one of the top law schools for ADR.
The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution at a Glance:
- Number of first place national and international ADR competition wins in recent years: 19
- Number of full-time and part-time faculty and competition coaches: 17
- Number of ADR courses offered: 8
- Number of students that tried out at the 9th Annual ADR Intramural Tournament in 2019: 80
- Average number of students that receive their 40-hour mediation certificate per year: 100
- Average number of JP court cases mediated by our clinic students per semester: 100
- Number of EEOC mediation cases our mediation clinic students have mediated: 68
- Amount of monetary settlements from EEOC cases our students have mediated : $563,596
- Number of teams participating in the 5th Annual South Texas College of Law Houston Energy Law Negotiation Competition in 2019: 18
- Number of students participating in the inaugural Inter-School Negotiation Practicum during fall 2019: 255
For more information on our program or to register for any of our trainings, please contact us at the information below.
South Texas College of Law Houston
The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution
1303 San Jacinto St., Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713.646.2998 • Fax: 713-646-2996