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The Berlin Program is a unique joint venture between Tulane Law School and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. The two-week program focuses on alternative dispute resolution in a cross-cultural setting.

Program Dates: July 21 - August 2, 2024


The Berlin Program is a unique joint venture between Tulane Law School and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. The two-week program focuses on alternative dispute resolution in a cross-cultural setting. Three credit hours involve a combination of workshops, role-play exercises, lectures and other presentations. Optional components cover the mediation of political disputes such as peacekeeping, constitutional transition and labor disputes as well as international arbitration. The program qualifies for experiential learning credit at Tulane.

Lectures and small group sessions provide training in both the theory and basic skills of negotiation and mediation. One major objective is to develop these skills in cross-cultural transactions involving participants of different nationalities and diverging expectations. Even experienced mediators in the U.S., where the use of mediation has advanced rapidly in recent years, encounter unexpected pitfalls when interacting with parties from different cultures. These situations often arise both inside countries as diverse as America and in the many international transactions that occur across the globe every day.

Host Institution
The program is located at Humboldt University in the heart of Berlin. Founded over 200 years ago, Humboldt ranks among the top ten of German universities. Uniquely cosmopolitan with cultural attractions that few other cities can match, Berlin is described as one of the undiscovered locations in Europe. The city is full of excellent museums, historical sites, outstanding contemporary architecture and good restaurants at reasonable prices. Past participants have greatly enjoyed Berlin's vibrant nightlife and avant-garde art scene.

Follow the adventure on Instagram at #TulaneLawBerlin.

Courses and Materials

The Academic Course: Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation (three credits)

  • There are no prerequisites.
  • Credits counts towards the completion of the Skills Training Requirement for Tulane JD students as well as for the Tulane Sports Law Certificate.
  • The exam is graded on a scale of Pass/C/Fail. A passing grade indicates that the student was given a grade of above a C. Non-Tulane students can request a regular grade if required by their home institutions.
  • The final examination is at 6 p.m. on August 2.
  • Tulane students who take this course may not take Professor Feldman's Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy courses on campus.

Detailed Course Description
Substantive lectures on the theory and practice of negotiation and mediation are presented to all students in joint sessions. However, most of the course is conducted in a workshop setting with role-play exercises in small groups with a maximum of 20 students and two or three faculty members. Students are assigned to the small sections by nationality so that exercises are ideally conducted by participants from different countries. The lectures and small sections provide standard training in both the theory and basic skills of negotiation and mediation.

Course Schedule
The Program focuses on negotiation during the first week and mediation in the second week. Classes are generally scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with small breaks during the day and a 90-minute break for lunch.

Students receive a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Mediation and a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Dispute Resolution. The 40 hours of mediation training meet one of the key requirements to become a certified mediator in Louisiana and a number of other states in the U.S. Note that certification requirements vary by state and country.

Supplemental Academic Activities
Optional lectures on arbitration and the mediation of political disputes are offered after regular class hours. The afternoon lectures in the first week of the program provide a mini-course on international arbitration. Academics and practitioners with substantial theoretical and practical expertise in the field present the fundamentals and contemporary issues of international commercial arbitration. An optional component that focuses on the mediation of political conflicts is offered in the second week. This part of the program complements the introduction to the core elements of ADR. International experts introduce participants to the characteristics and dynamics of political disputes and share their firsthand experience in the management of constitutional transition, peacekeeping missions, labor disputes, conflicts over environmental protection, and other highly controversial and public processes. Teaching formats include lectures, panel discussions and case studies.

Course Materials
Reading materials, the class schedule and syllabus, past and present faculty bios, photographs from past programs, Berlin maps, and general information about the city will be made available via Canvas or sent to non-TLS participants by email ahead of the Program.

Staying Connected
Admitted students will receive access to the program’s WhatsApp group. Students should utilize this WhatsApp group to receive announcements from the director during the program. Students can also use this platform to connect with other admitted students prior to the start of the program.


A maximum of 60 students are admitted through Tulane on a first-come basis. Please apply early to ensure your spot. Additional students are admitted through Humboldt.


Accommodations are not offered through the program. Please utilize the Berlin Housing Recommendations, which provides names of hotels, hostels and apartments at various price ranges (this information is continuously updated). The Apartments am Brandenburger Tor has been the most popular housing choice for the past five years. Admitted students will receive access to the program’s WhatsApp group. Students may use this platform to connect and coordinate with potential roommates prior to the start of the program. Students should utilize this WhatsApp group to receive updates from faculty during the program.


The Berlin Program offers a wide variety of social and cultural activities. A fixed meeting point at a hip location is organized every day of the program. Students receive a calendar of activities upon arrival in Berlin but here is a preview of what to expect:

  • The program begins with a complimentary bus tour of Berlin at 3 p.m. on July 21, 2024.
  • The program's opening reception will be at a floating restaurant on one of the many canals of Berlin immediately following the bus tour at approximately 6 p.m. on July 21, 2024. There will be ample food, beverages, music, and an opportunity to mix and mingle with other participants and members of the faculty. The welcome bus tour and opening reception are included in the cost of tuition.
  • Jointly organized tours of the Chancellery, the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial and other interesting sites are offered during the program. These activities are optional. Entrance fees are included in the cost of tuition.
  • A loosely organized soccer match and beach volleyball games (no skill required to participate!) are scheduled on two afternoons after class, followed by visits to traditional German beer gardens.
  • On many evenings, faculty with excellent knowledge of Berlin lead student expeditions into different neighborhoods for walks, dinners at neighborhood restaurants, and almost always a bar review, i.e. a gathering of the students at a neighborhood nightspot. The location and time of the bar review is posted each day for those students who want to join the group later in the evening.
  • A complimentary boat tour of the many rivers and canals of Berlin is traditionally offered on the second Thursday of the Program (August 1, 2024). Bar food and beverages are included in the cost of tuition.
Arrival and Departure

You should arrive in Berlin no later than July 21 and depart no earlier than August 3. The final exam is scheduled for 6 p.m. on August 2. Please note the exam cannot be rescheduled.

Students are responsible for all travel and strongly advised to purchase travel insurance. We recommend researching ticket prices early via competing travel search engines to find the most competitive fares.

Bringing Family
Family members and friends are cordially invited to participate in all activities except the academic course. Please let the Program Director know that they are coming.

U.S. and Canadian citizens (and citizens of any other country that has a visa-waiver agreement with Germany) will not require a visa for the Berlin Program due to the short time period you will be abroad. If you are uncertain about your eligibility to travel without a visa due to your nationality or due to the duration of your travel, you should inquire about the applicable visa prerequisites at a German Consulate-General in your home country. Further information can also be obtained at the website of the German Foreign Ministry.

The Berlin Program is conducted entirely in English. Fluency in English is a prerequisite for all students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to acquire basic German language skills before arriving in Berlin but this is not essential as most people you encounter in Germany will understand and be able to respond in English.

Student Reviews


  • I LOVED this course - I thought it was extremely well run and the professors were all amazing/top in their fields. The strong academic program was complemented by a strong social program that enhanced the program immensely.
  • If you're looking for a program that will challenge you academically and keep you entertained socially, this is the one for you. There was never a dull moment in class as the mock exercises were always interesting and taught us something new about the negotiation/mediation process. Being in and navigating a new country can be intimidating so it was a relief knowing that I had a full itinerary of activities already planned for me, so I didn't have to do any additional research.
  • I never studied abroad in undergrad, so I realized going into 3L that this was my last chance to ever get this kind of experience. Berlin was fantastic and provided the opportunity to learn unique, useful professional material and experience a different country with my classmates. I left the program with new friends I might not have otherwise met at Tulane. I cannot recommend Berlin enough.
  • I had the greatest time both in and outside the classroom.
  • I got to travel, which I don't get to do a lot, which I think is beneficial in and of itself. I also think the workshops on negotiation and mediation were extremely effective, I feel I learned a lot. The professors were great because they were obviously very interested in the subject and were very engaged and hands-on with the students' learning.
  • Absolutely amazing program that exceeded my expectations!
  • I had so much fun and learned so much; it doesn't get much better than that.


  • I liked the hands on approach to the learning process. It made the course interesting and allowed me to meet a lot of different students.
  • I learned so much via interactive learning about the mediation and negotiation processes.
  • The mediation and negotiating classes were extremely useful. The material provided really helped me grasp the subject matter. The hypothetical breakout sessions were my favorite. They really allowed us to practice the material.
  • I learned a lot about all forms of alternative dispute resolution and think it will be useful knowledge no matter what area I practice in.
  • The Berlin program provided interesting opportunities to put theories into practice. The material had application in the practice of law and outside of the law.

Beneficial to Career?

  • Yes definitely - these skills will be beneficial in more than just my professional life and I am grateful to have learned these skills from true professionals!
  • Yes. I feel much more confident as a negotiator and mediator and have expanded my professional network with some of the top legal academics in the field.
  • Absolutely! Most of it was realistic and can be applied to the work I plan to do and what I am currently doing.
  • I feel that I gained a good overview of negotiation and mediation, and feel that this course will help me in my career.
  • Absolutely. As an attorney, I'm going to need to know how to manage conflict, and this program gave me the skills to do so effectively.


  • The school building was nice and the location was perfect.
  • The campus and classrooms were beautiful!
  • Yes. The study areas were large and there was perfect space to conduct our role-play.
  • I loved the location, the speed of the program, and the people involved from professors to fellow students and student advisers. All the activities helped people be more comfortable with one another while getting to know the city better.
  • The course schedule was short enough to where we had time in the afternoons and weekends to enjoy Berlin or travel abroad.

Student Alumni Recommendations

  • Do not be afraid to ask your summer employer to work with your schedule so you're able to go. Most employers recognize the benefits of a trip like this and are willing to work with you. I started my internship a bit early and ended it early to be able to go to Berlin and still received an offer to return.
  • Book housing as early as possible and ask for student discounts. Get the train app! Lots of my peers wasted money on Ubers and other modes of transport when their public transit is super affordable, efficient, and clean!
  • Because it is a very interactive course, showing up and doing the exercises are very important. You are fortunate to have the best legal minds teaching and observing you. Taking the mock exercises seriously. Putting your best effort in allows you to get the best possible feedback so you can come out of the program a stronger negotiator than when you went in.
  • Go to social events to make friends
  • Jump right in and try everything from the food to the role-play.
  • Döner and curry are great. There is a place by the river called the Green Knight or something like that that is a beer garden/restaurant with good prices and great food.
  • Veganz is a vegan grocery chain in Berlin that has all vegan food items.
  • Lots of good, cheap street food near the train station and a couple blocks from the school.
  • Döner Kebab at any random shop.
  • All the restaurants around school we tried were good; there was an Indian restaurant called Bombay Spice that was absolutely amazing.
  • The S-Bahn is probably the most affordable way to get around the city. Also Lime scooters are a cheap and fun way to get around short distances.
  • Bring a water bottle unless you want to pay for water everywhere you go. The tap water is quite clean, and you can save a bit of money by filling up at bathroom sinks from place to place.
  • East Side Gallery was my favorite historical part of the city - take an afternoon to tour the area and appreciate the art.
  • Use the scooters!! They're fun, cheap, and efficient. Explore food all over - tons of great places by the river just 10 min off campus for lunch. See as much as you can see - we went to the top of victory tower which I would recommend - and just explore all of the different areas of the city - we spent two weeks exploring and you can find something new every day - and do not miss the Sunday flea markets!
Tuition & Fees (What's Included)
Please see the Tuition & Fees Page for program rates.


  • Program Tuition
  • Course Materials (digital copies provided in advance)
  • Certificate of Advanced Study Training in Mediation
  • Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Dispute Resolution
  • Welcome Bus Tour & Opening Reception
  • Entrance fees for organized visits to public institutions and museums
  • River cruise with bar food and beverages
  • Emergency Evacuation Services through Tulane University
  • All Fees (facility, administrative and activity fees)
Not Included:
  • Program Housing (program housing option or recommendations provided)
  • Medical Health Insurance (optional GeoBlue option, estimate $20/week)
  • Airfare and Travel Expenses
  • Optional Excursions or Local Activities
  • Meals