Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution is a concentration that focuses primarily on three processes that seek to settle disputes outside of the courtroom:  negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

To concentrate in Dispute Resolution, students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.33 in each graded course used to satisfy the requirements. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of the requirements. Note:  Because the Concentration requirements were changed in May 2017, students who matriculated before the Fall Semester of 2017 and have questions about substituting other courses to meet the new Concentration requirements should consult with faculty advisor Professor Nancy Welsh.

Core Courses (all required)

  • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration (​1)
  • Evidence (4)
  • Mediation Certification Workshop* OR Mediation Skills Workshop* (1)

Advanced Courses

(Courses in two of the three ADR areas are required)

  • Arbitration (3) OR ADR in the Workplace* OR ADR in the Workplace Seminar** (2)
  • Mediation: Theory, Law, and Ethics (2) (formerly known as Mediation (3))
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice Practicum* (3) ​OR The Business Negotiator* (3)

Elective Courses

(Minimum of two credits required; note that courses taken to satisfy the “Advanced Courses” category requirement above may ​NOT also be used to satisfy the requirements of this category)

  • ADR in the Workplace* OR ADR in the Workplace Seminar** (2)
  • Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (​3)
  • Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar** (​2)
  • Advanced Topics in Negotiation Seminar** (​2)
  • Arbitration (3)
  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic (3)
  • Entrepreneurship Law Clinic* (2)
  • Labor Negotiations Workshop* (1)
  • Mediation: Theory, Law & Ethics (2) (formerly known as Mediation (3))
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice Practicum* (3)
  • ​Texas Criminal Law Practicum (2) or (3)
  • The Business Negotiator* (3)
  • ​Trial Advocacy Practicum* (3)
  • Any ADR competition for which classroom credit has been awarded by the Law School as meeting the experiential learning requirement

* Counts toward meeting the Law School “Experiential Learning” requirements
** Fulfills the Law School “Rigorous Writing” requirement