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LLM in Dispute Resolution

The LLM in Dispute Resolution is available to those who possess a law degree. It consists of the following requirements:

Required Courses 14 units required (12 units required for those waiving Legal Research and Writing I)

Arbitration Course Requirement (see+)
Communication and Conflict
Mediation Clinic
Mediation Theory and Practice
Negotiation Theory and Practice
Psychology of Conflict
Legal Research and Writing I (Required only for International Attorneys)*

Elective Courses 10 units required (8 units required if Thesis option is chosen, or 12 units for those waiving Legal Research and Writing I)

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
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
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 Negotiation
Healthcare Dispute Resolution
Intellectual Property
Labor Disputes
Managing Litigation and Conflict for
Corporations and Organizations
Settling Mass Torts
Trial Practice
Trial Preparation and Settlement
or a Substantive Law Class with Advisor Approval


Externship (2 units) and LLM Independent Study (2 units)


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 to fulfill the arbitration requirement, it can be taken as an elective.
* All students taking Legal Research and Writing are strongly recommended to participate in the one week Parris Professional Course during New Student Orientation. The Parris course prepares students for Legal Research and Writing.