Dispute Resolution Concentration

Dispute Resolution is a concentration focusing on the processes used to settle disputes outside of the courtroom or reach other agreements. Primarily, the concentration prepares students to participate in three processes: negotiation, mediation and arbitration. However, the concentration also introduces students to other dispute resolution processes and concepts, such as ombuds, online dispute resolution (ODR), and dispute system design (DSD).

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 have changed in recent years, students who matriculated before the Fall Semester of 2018 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) or ADR Survey (3) or Mediation Certification Workshop* (1) OR Mediation Skills Workshop* (1)
  • Arbitration (3) OR ADR in the Workplace* OR ADR in the Workplace Seminar** (2)
  • Evidence (4)
  • Mediation: Theory, Law, and Ethics (2) OR 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 “Core 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)
  • ADR Survey (3)
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure (previously Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice) (​3) or Advanced Criminal Procedure Seminar (previously Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar) (2) ** 
  • Advanced Topics in Negotiation Seminar** (​2)
  • Arbitration (3)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (2)
  • Labor Law (3)
  • Labor Negotiations Workshop* (1)
  • Mediation* (3)
  • Mediation: Theory, Law & Ethics (2)
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice Practicum* (3)
  • Perspectives on Dispute Resolution Practice in ​Texas (1)
  • The Business Negotiator* (3)
  • Any ADR competition for which classroom credit has been awarded by the Law School as meeting the experiential learning requirement
  • With the permission of the Dispute Resolution Concentration faculty advisor, any clinic that provides students with substantial involvement in negotiation, mediation or arbitration procedures.***
  • With the permission of the Dispute Resolution Concentration faculty advisor, any law school course that provides substantial substantive coverage of negotiation, mediation or arbitration procedures.

* Counts toward meeting the Law School “Experiential Learning” requirement 
** Fulfills the Law School “Rigorous Writing” requirement
*** Likely to require working with the clinic instructor to identify a case and/or project that will involve negotiation, mediation or arbitration