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Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution (LL.M.)

The LL.M. in Dispute Resolution is a 28-unit program offered to those who possess a law degree. It consists of the following requirements:

Required Courses - 12 units required

  • One Arbitration Course
    • Arbitration Law, Arbitration Practice and Advocacy or International Commercial Arbitration
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Psychology of Conflict

Elective Courses - 12 units required (10 units required if Thesis option is chosen)

  • Advanced Mediation Seminar
  • Advanced Trial Practice
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Arbitration Law *
  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy *
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • 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
  • Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
  • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking
  • International Commercial Arbitration *
  • International Investment Disputes
  • International Litigation
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning
  • 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
    • Ethical Practices in Dispute Resolution
    • Healthcare Dispute Resolution
    • Intellectual Property
    • Labor Disputes
    • Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
    • Mass Torts
    • Ombuds
  • Trial Practice
  • Trial Preparation and Settlement
  • or a Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval

Thesis/Project or Externships Requirement

Externship (2 units) and LL.M. Independent Study (2 units) plus an additional 2 unit elective course OR Thesis/Project (6 units) required

* Whichever course was not taken as a requirement may be taken as an elective.

NOTE: All courses counting toward an LL.M. must be taken after a JD degree has been conferred.  JD courses can not transfer into an LL.M. program.