Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution is a concentration that focuses on negotiation, mediation and arbitration that seeks to settle disputes outside of the courtroom.

To concentrate in Dispute Resolution, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses. 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. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with faculty advisor Professor Peter Reilly or Professor Cynthia Alkon.

Core Courses (all required)

  • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration (3) or Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (3) *
  • Mediation Clinic (3) or Family Mediation Clinic (3) or Employment Mediation Clinic (2)
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice Practicum (3) or The Business Negotiator (3)
  • Evidence (4)

Writing Requirement (at least one required)

  • ADR in the Workplace Seminar (2)
  • Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar (2) *
  • Advanced Negotiations Seminar (2)** or Special Topics in Negotiations Seminar (2)

Skills Requirement (at least one required)

  • Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic (3)
  • Labor Negotiations Workshop (1)
  • Family Law and Benefits Clinic (formerly listed as Law Clinic) (2) or (3)
  • Sports Law (3)
  • Texas Criminal Law Practicum (2) or (3)
  • Trial Advocacy Practicum (3)
  • Any ADR competition for which classroom credit has been awarded by the law school (i.e., any competition in mediation, negotiation, arbitration or a combination thereof) (Note: Only ONE CREDIT can be used toward the requirements, no matter how many competitions a student might compete in)

* Students may not take both Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (3) and Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar (2) to satisfy the requirements.

** Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2014 can substitute the following courses which have not been taught since 2014:

         Writing Requirement
  • Advanced Negotiations Seminar (2)
         Skills Requirement
  • Arbitration Law & Advocacy Practicum (2) or (3)
  • Interviewing, Negotiation & Collaborative Law Practicum (2) or (3)
  • Litigation Practicum (2)