ADR Academic Program
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at Michigan State University College of Law exists to prepare students with the theoretical underpinnings and practical skills necessary to succeed in the modern legal profession.
One of 13 specialty programs, the ADR program is an opportunity for students interested in ADR, either as a career or as an augment to more traditional legal work, to acquire more focused knowledge through the delivery of strategic skills-building exercises.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Students who wish to acquire special expertise in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) may enroll in a group of coordinated courses in ADR, along with certain required courses.
Interested students can choose from a wide range of courses. Key courses include Problem-Solving Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and Mediation Advocacy.
Other ADR-related courses include:
ADR in the Workplace (2)
Client Interviewing and Counseling (2)
Commercial Arbitration (3)
Corporate Law and Policy: Doing Business in Transitional Political Systems (3)
Corporate Law and Policy: International Investment Transactions (2)
Court-Annexed ADR (2)
Employment Discrimination Law (3)
Externship [Community Dispute Resolution Center, or Other 501(c) (3) ADR Entity] (3)
International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (3)
Labor Arbitration (2)
Labor Law (3)
Labor Law Seminar (2)
Mediation Advocacy (2)
Mergers and Acquisitions (3)
Negotiation in a Close Corporation (3)
Problem-Solving Approaches to Conflict Resolution (2, 3) 1
Public Employment Labor Law (2)
Writing for Litigation (2) [includes a mediation drafting exercise]
1 “Problem-Solving” is an overview course in which students receive exposure to all forms of ADR—negotiation, mediation, arbitration, mini-trials, summary jury trials, and other hybrids. The focus in this course is on process, not substantive law. It is simulation-intensive, allowing students to cultivate necessary advocacy skills in engaging each process.
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