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Master of Dispute Resolution Curriculum

Required Courses

12 units (10 units required for law students)

  • One Arbitration Course:Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution

    • Arbitration Law+, Arbitration Practice and Advocacy, International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine, or International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice 
  • Introduction to US Law (for non-lawyers and non-law students)

  • Mediation Theory and Practice

  • Negotiation Theory and Practice

  • Psychology of Conflict Communication


* 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 LLM candidates.

Elective Courses 

16 units required (18 units required for law students)

  • 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) (JD students only)

  • Divorce and Family Mediation

  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution

  • Fair Employment and Housing Mediation Clinic

  • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking

  • Honors Appellate Advocacy (JD students only)

  • Honors Negotiation Advocacy (JD students only)

  • Honors Mediation Advocacy (JD students only)

  • International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice *

  • International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine *

  • International Commercial Arbitration **

  • International Investment Disputes

  • International Litigation +

  • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning

  • Investor Advocacy Clinic (JD students only)

  • Lawyering Process +

  • Mediation Clinic

  • Moot Court- International (JD students only)

  • Moot Court- Interschool Competition (JD students only)

  • Restorative Justice

  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:Special Education Advocacy Clinic +

    • Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
    • Conflict Consulting and Coaching
    • Decision Making Under Conflict
    • Dispute Resolution and Technology
    • Employment Disputes
    • Entertainment Industry Disputes
    • Entertainment and Sports
    • Ethical Practices in Dispute Resolution
    • Facilitating Dynamic Groups
    • Healthcare Dispute Resolution
    • Intellectual Property
    • International Identity Based Conflict and Dispute Resolution
    • Labor Disputes
    • Leadership and Conflict
    • Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
    • Mass Torts
    • Ombuds
    • Online Dispute Resolution
    • Strategic Alliances
    • Systems Design
  • Trial Practice +

  • Trial Preparation and Settlement +

  • or a Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval (non-law students only)


* 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 LLM candidates.

** Students cannot enroll in this class if they have already taken ICA Theory and Doctrine or ICA Procedure and Practice without faculty approval

Externships or Thesis

4 units required