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Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution (LLM)

The LLM 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, International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice or International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine
  • 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 Law in the Securities Industry * (with advisor approval, 2L JD students have priority)
  • 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
  • Ethical Considerations in International Arbitration
  • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking
  • International Commercial Arbitration and the National Courts*
  • International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice*
  • International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine*
  • International Investment Disputes
  • International Litigation
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning
  • Introduction to US Law
  • 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
  • A Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval

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

International students sitting for the California Bar exam would complete 12 units of required courses listed above and 12 units of substantive law courses as required by the California Bar.

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