Top LL.M. Programs for Alternative Dispute Resolution 2017

Top LL.M. Programs for Alternative Dispute Resolution 2017

Alternative Dispute Resolution—sometimes shortened to “ADR” by its practitioners—refers to solving legal problems without litigation. As such, LL.M. programs in Alternative Dispute Resolution can help students understand the tools that they need outside of a courtroom: negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and more. Those who have studied their LL.M.s in the alternative dispute resolution field can go on to jobs as mediators or arbitrators, or simply add ADR skills to their legal toolkits.

Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva Law – MIDS

The Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement arms graduates with a range of skills that are significant to resolving disputes in fields like international commerce, investment and the protection of the environment. For those looking to see how international dispute settlement works in the real world, Geneva, home to many international organizations, is a great place to be.

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Stockholm, Sweden

Since Stockholm University is home to the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, students who study at the school are close to a large community of arbitration experts and practitioners. Students who pursue the school's LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration have the opportunity to get practical experience in the field, through hands-on activities like a mock arbitration.

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Malibu, California
Pepperdine Law - Straus

Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution offers various law programs, provides training in dispute resolution and puts on relevant conferences. Pepperdine’s LL.M. program in Dispute Resolution allows students to delve into specific aspects of the field, with concentrations in Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation. The school is currently ranked as the top school for Dispute Resolution in US News' Best Law Schools ranking.

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Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State - Moritz

Ohio State offers an LL.M. concentration in Alternative Dispute Resolution, which addresses dispute resolution in employment, arbitration, international dispute resolution and a host of other important issues. The school is currently ranked number two in the Dispute Resolution ranking from US News and World Report; its faculty members have published hundreds of books and articles in the field.

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Columbia, Missouri

The University of Missouri hosts a number of relevant initiatives, including the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, which publishes research, and a mediation clinic. Launched in 1999, the school’s LL.M. in Dispute Resolution is evidently the first such program offered by a US law school.

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London, United Kingdom

Along with an LL.M. in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution, QMUL also offers several other related programs, such as a Postgraduate Diploma in International Mediation by Distance Learning. QMUL also hosts the School of International Arbitration, which was launched in 1985 to promote teaching and research in the field.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota

Although Hamline does not offer an LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution, its general LL.M. does offer some ADR courses. Hamline is home to the Dispute Resolution Institute, which offers relevant certificates as well as a Mediation Center; the school is currently ranked as one of the top five law schools for dispute resolution by US News.

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New York City, New York

Students in Cardozo’s LL.M. in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy can get hands-on dispute resolution experience by participating in one of the school’s relevant clinics, including a Divorce Mediation Clinic and a Securities Arbitration Clinic. The school is currently ranked as a top ten law school for dispute resolution by US News.

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Eugene, Oregon
Oregon Law

Besides an LL.M. concentration in Conflict & Dispute Resolution, the University of Oregon also offers a Master’s program in Conflict & Dispute Resolution. The school is currently ranked as a top ten law school for dispute resolution by US News.

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Los Angeles, California
USC Gould

USC’s recently-launched LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Master of Dispute Resolution programs are poised to help students transition into the ADR field. Students in both program have access to experiential learning through initiatives like a Mediation Clinic.

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Toronto, Canada
Osgoode Hall - York

The school’s part-time Professional LL.M. in Dispute Resolution is one of the few such programs in Canada. The LL.M. covers a range of topics in dispute resolution and includes a major research paper component; the school also hosts a Mediation Clinic.

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