Aggie Dispute Resolution Program

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Dispute resolution is no longer “alternative.”

Today, the vast majority of legal disputes are resolved outside the courtroom through dispute resolution. Expert negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills are absolutely vital to the practice of law in the 21st century. Dispute resolution is a part of every area of practice, from family law to business and criminal law. Indeed, even trial lawyers must be familiar with dispute resolution processes given that the overwhelming majority – over 96% in Texas -- of both civil cases and criminal cases don’t go to jury trial and are resolved through dispute resolution procedures. Texas A&M School of Law's nationally ranked Aggie Dispute Resolution Program, #1 in Texas, offers a strong, practical foundation to build these critical skills.

Utilizing Dispute Resolution

Regardless of practice area, lawyers are involved in the dispute resolution processes of negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Transactional lawyers negotiate contracts—and craft customized dispute resolution clauses. Lawyers involved with legislation or regulation inevitably negotiate with stakeholders and use negotiation, mediation and arbitration in enforcement actions. Litigators, both civil and criminal, negotiate constantly on behalf of their clients. Civil litigators also represent clients in mediation sessions (sometimes court-ordered, other times voluntary and private) and arbitration proceedings. Lawyers even assist their clients in designing new dispute resolution systems.

Hands-on Curriculum

Texas A&M Law prepares its students for dispute resolution practice with a broad curriculum of courses designed to develop skills and knowledge regarding the relevant law and ethics of negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution processes. Every Texas A&M law student participates in a hands-on, required 1L Dispute Resolution Survey course held during the Winter semester. Students may also dive much deeper by taking advantage of dispute resolution-related symposia and other events, earning a Dispute Resolution Concentration, participating in a dispute resolution-focused Global Field Course, or serving on an ADR competition team. Finally, students enrolled in Texas A&M Law’s clinics can represent real-life clients in negotiations and mediations.

ADR Faculty Team

ADR facultyTexas A&M offers all of these opportunities due to the breadth, depth and activities of its Dispute Resolution Program faculty team. Their expertise reflects the integration of dispute resolution into many different practice areas.

  • Cynthia Alkon specializes in criminal law applications.
  • Michael Green focuses on arbitration and mediation in the workplace.
  • Peter Reilly teaches and writes about dispute resolution in the business law context.
  • Carol Pauli integrates journalism, legal writing and dispute resolution.
  • Guillermo Garcia, an international petroleum transactions scholar, introduces students to international arbitration for commercial and investment-related disputes.
  • In her scholarship and teaching, Nancy Welsh considers the connections between dispute resolution, civil procedure, and other areas of procedural law.
  • During the 2018-2019 academic year, Texas A&M will be joined by internationally-recognized Professor Thomas Stipanowich, who will serve as a Hagler Fellow.
In addition, many other members of Texas A&M’s faculty touch upon dispute resolution topics in their scholarship and courses.

Global Opportunities:  Dispute Resolution Field Studies

Texas A&M Law expands the opportunities for students to study ​dispute resolution across the globe through Global Lawyering Dispute Resolution Field Studies.

  • Mexico flagMexico: Energy, Natural Resources Regulation ​& Dispute Resolution

    Students will experience Mexico's state-owned, privately-distributed natural resources regulatory environment directly through meetings with government officials, judges, legal practitioners and community leaders. Led by Professor Guillermo Garcia in Spring 2019.

  • Israel flagIsrael: Water, Energy, and Dispute Resolution

    In Spring 2018, Professor Nancy Welsh and Professor Gabriel Eckstein led ten students to experience and understand regional disputes related to water and energy resource management in the Middle East.
                    ► See student blog posts from Israel

  • Flag of ScotlandScotland: Natural Resource Management and Dispute Resolution

    In Spring 2018, Executive Professor Randy Gordon and Professor Guillermo Garcia introduced students to the use of international commercial arbitration, North Sea oil and gas regulations, and Brexit.
                    ► See student blog posts from Scotland

 Program News

Guillermo Garcia Professor Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez expands Aggie Law's global reach in dispute resolution and arbitration, opening new opportunities for Texas A&M Law students and faculty to collaborate with leading academic institutions in Europe.
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ABA CC top10 2019Texas A&M Law has placed in the top 10 of the “ABA Competitions Championship” for the second year in a row, due to the success of Advocacy Program teams in arbitration, negotiation, counseling and appellate advocacy competitions.
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