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Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate

Earning a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in addition to your LLM degree gives you a thorough grounding in ADR processes and hands-on experience in managing conflicts between parties. It also offers you a credential that demonstrates your specialized training in this growing field.

You may earn multiple certificates offered by USC Gould. Some courses count toward more than one certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the certificate, you must take at least 12 units of mandatory and elective courses as outlined below. The two mandatory courses are only offered in the fall semester.

The ADR courses emphasize the importance of acquiring both strong legal skills and familiarity with business concepts. The curriculum features a combination of lecture-style and skill-based courses that are taught in a workshop format.

Mandatory Courses

  • ADR Law and Policy, Arbitration and Mediation
  • ADR Ethics

Electives (7 or more hours)

  • ADR Clause Drafting
  • Arbitration Advocacy
  • Arbitration in the United States
  • Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Dispute Mediation
  • International Arbitration
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration
  • International Negotiation and Mediation
  • Labor Arbitration
  • Negotiation Theory and Application
  • Mediation Advocacy

Not all courses are offered every year. Courses are open to all students, not just those pursuing a certificate. You must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.6 in your certificate coursework to earn the ADR certificate.



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