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Students from Around the World Begin ADR Studies at Straus

This week, a cohort of talented students passionate about dispute resolution began their studies at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Hailing from eight countries, including Armenia, Brazil, India, Israel, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, and the United States, the students are pursuing a Certificate, Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR), or LL.M. degree at the Institute. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new and continuing students are taking their courses online and across many time zones.

Several students are enrolled in specialized concentrations in International Comparative Law or International Commercial Arbitration, while others are on track to complete a joint degree with a Masters in Public Policy. The LL.M. students, who are accomplished lawyers in their countries of origin, seek to learn cutting-edge practices and ADR theory that they can employ in their legal practice. MDR students join the Institute from a variety of industries, from marketing professionals to those wanting to elevate their experience in employee relations, healthcare disputes, and conflict prevention.

On January 5 and 7, the new students joined a virtual orientation led by Randi Redman, assistant director at Straus, who educated students on all aspects of the online learning experience--from beginning classes, accessing the library, and how to access essential services at the university. Straus Institute faculty and staff also welcomed the students, offering their services and best wishes on their ADR journey.