Alternative Dispute Resolution

Read the course description below to learn how this course will be taught.

Class Unique: 29390

This course will be taught in person but with the option of remote participation via Zoom.  Please note that this course might become online-only in the event that actual in-person attendance during the semester consistently falls below a threshold to be determined in the exercise of reasonable discretion by the instructor and the Student Affairs Office.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (3 HOUR COURSE) The Alternative Dispute Resolution Survey course is designed to provide a broad-based introduction to negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, for students interested in either advocacy or transactional practices.  ADR methods are now more common than the courtroom for resolving civil disputes; more than 99% of civil cases are settled before trial, if cases are even filed at the courthouse. Many commercial agreements now contain mandatory mediation/arbitration provisions, and statutory and case law both favor ADR. This course will examine the policy and business reasons for the rise in ADR; explore the various ADR methods; discuss negotiating and why lawyers must learn successful negotiating skills; and provide students with an opportunity to experience these concepts through class exercises. The professor is a 30+year litigation attorney with substantial experience to both trial and ADR disputes, and he brings a practical, real-world approach to the lectures and exercises. There will be no exam, but a final written project is required. Grading will be based upon class participation, attendance, and the final paper. Please note: Students may only miss two classes per semester, additional absences will be reflected in a lower grade.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Wednesday, Thursday 2:40 - 4:01 pm TNH 3.142
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable
Satisfies ABA Professional Skills Requirement
  • 3 credit hours count toward ABA Experiential Learning Requirement

  • Textbooks

    • Getting To Yes Updtd & Rev - Fisher, Roger, Ury, William, Patton, Bruce, and Ury, William L.
        Rh , edition: 3
        ISBN: 978-0-14-311875-6   (required)