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Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program assists students who wish to develop skills to resolve legal disputes without litigation through arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. 

Because the overwhelming majority of cases are settled outside of court, ADR principles are useful in any type of legal practice. The program develops advocates with ADR skills who can facilitate settlement negotiations and advise clients in non-judicial proceedings. Students can engage in policy-making by filing amicus briefs and white papers on issues involving ADR.  Additionally, the program sends teams annually to compete in negotiation and mediation competitions nationally.

Students who wish to develop these skills can join the ADR Society in the fall semester in any academic year.  The ADR program also works with the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, which sends teams to compete in local sports law negotiation competitions, in the fields of professional football and professional basketball.

Courses suggested

Mediation & Arbitration, Arbitration Seminar, International Dispute Resolution, Divorce and Family Mediation

Skills courses suggested

Negotiation, Mediation, Plea-bargaining. Persuading People in Power

Faculty Advisor: Professor Imre Szalai

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