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Master of Dispute Resolution / Master of Public Policy (MDR /MPP)

Curriculum

MPP

The required 48 units of MPP study and other MPP-related requirements for are as follows.

MPP 600
The Roots of American Order: What is Public Policy (4 units)
MPP 601
Ethical Dimensions of Public Policy: Great Books and Great Ideas (4 units)
MPP 602
Applied Economic Analysis of Public Policy I (4 units)
MPP 603
Applied Research Methods in Public Policy (4 units)
MPP 604
Political, Organizational, and Strategic Aspects of Public Policy Analysis (4 units)
MPP 605
Applied Economic Analysis of Public Policy II (4 units)
MPP 606
Public Policy and the Legal Framework (4 units)
MPP 607
Policy Seminar (4 units)
MPP 699
Summer Internship or Field Study (CR/NC)
MPP XXX
School of Public Policy Electives (20 units)

M.D.R.

When completed with the MPP, the Master's Degree in Dispute Resolution is reduced from a 32-unit program to a 26 unit program.  The M.D.R is offered to those who possess a bachelor's degree, and consists of the following requirements:

Required Courses - 18 units (16 units if students take MPP 606 Public Policy and the Legal Framework)

  • One Arbitration Course:
    • Arbitration Law +, Arbitration Practice and Advocacy or International Commercial Arbitration
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning
  • Introduction to Legal Processes (for non-lawyers and non-law students) **
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Psychology of Conflict

Elective Courses - Two units required (Four units if students take MPP 606 Public Policy and the Legal Framework)

  • Advanced Mediation Seminar
  • Advanced Trial Practice +
  • Appellate Advocacy +
  • Arbitration Law * +
  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy *
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: London/Geneva
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: Hong Kong/Beijing
  • Dispute Resolution in Education
  • Dispute Resolution and Religion
  • Dispute Resolution Law Journal (up to 4 units)
  • Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
  • International Commercial Arbitration *
  • International Investment Disputes
  • International Litigation +
  • Lawyering Process +
  • Restorative Justice
  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:
    • Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
    • Dispute Resolution Systems Design
    • Dispute Resolution and Technology
    • Employment Disputes
    • Entertainment Industry Disputes
    • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking
    • Healthcare Dispute Resolution
    • Honors Negotiation Advocacy (JD Students only)
    • Honors Mediation Advocacy (JD Students only)
    • Ideological Foundations for Third Party Processes
    • Intellectual Property
    • Labor Disputes
    • Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
    • Mass Torts
    • Ombuds
  • Special Education Advocacy Clinic +
  • Trial Practice +
  • Trial Preparation and Settlement +
  • or a Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval (non-law students only)

Thesis/Project or Externships - Six Units Required

Students are required to complete either 6 units of Thesis or Externship.

 

* If this course was not taken to fulfill the arbitration requirement, it can be taken as an elective.

+This course is only available to law students, law school graduates or LL.M. candidates.

** Waived if students take MPP 606 Public Policy and the Legal Framework and replaced with an additional elective course.  Students will still need to complete 26 units to complete the M.D.R. with the MPP.