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LL.M. in Dispute Resolution with a Concentration in International Commercial Arbitration

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

Required Courses – 18 units required (16 units required for those waiving Introduction to US Law)

  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine
  • International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice
  • International Commercial Arbitration and the National Courts
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Ethical Considerations in International Arbitration
  • Capstone Mock Arbitration
  • Introduction to US Law (Required only for International Attorneys)*

Elective Courses – 10 units required (12 units required for those waiving Introduction to US Law)

  • Advanced Mediation Seminar
  • Advanced Trial Practice
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Arbitration Law
  • Arbitration Law in the Securities Industry
  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution:
  • London/Geneva
  • 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 Dispute Resolution
  • 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

Students desiring to sit for a US bar exam will need to take 12 units of substantive law courses which may include: Torts, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Contract or Corporations.

* Introduction to US Law would be waived for any student who has completed or is completing more than ten units of US substantive law courses, which is often required to sit for a bar exam in the US. Thus international students sitting for the California Bar exam would complete 16 units of required courses listed above and 12 units of substantive law courses as required by the California Bar.