Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

Clients and society today need and expect much more than traditional advocacy from their lawyers. Modern lawyers need to be able to address legal problems in ways that accommodate a variety of needs, goals and values, in addition to vindicating legal rights. As a result, today's lawyer must have the knowledge, skills and perspectives not only to advocate in the courtroom, but to participate in such processes as client counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and creative problem-solving.

The MU Certificate in Dispute Resolution is designed to foster such learning in students by providing the opportunity to work with some of the nation's leading dispute resolution scholars and practitioners. The MU School of Law has been ranked No. 1 in dispute resolution by U.S. News and World Report since 1999, and has more full-time faculty specializing in dispute resolution than any other law school.

This certificate program will give students an advantage in addressing the complex challenges of today's legal environment.


To receive a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the MU School of Law, a J.D. student must take at least 12 credit hours of dispute resolution courses approved by the Law School. Eight of those credit hours are required core program courses and provide students with a basic understanding of the theory, skills and practice of dispute resolution. Students must take at least 2 additional elective courses from among the courses approved for the Certificate program.

Core Courses
LAW 5095Lawyering: Problem Solving and Dispute Resolution2
LAW 5810Negotiation3
Skills courses (select one)
LAW 5350Arbitration3
LAW 5765Mediation3
LAW 5925Trial Practice3-4
Elective Courses (select two)
LAW 5350Arbitration (not if taken as a core course)3
LAW 5420Client Interviewing and Counseling2
LAW 6710Comparative Dispute Resolution (SA)2
LAW 5450Conflict and Conflict Management3
LAW 5485Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution2
LAW 5496Deal Skills Class3
LAW 5537Emotional Intelligence in Law3
LAW 5875Research in Law3
LAW 5652International Commercial Arbitration3
LAW 5680Journal of Dispute Resolution1-3
LAW 5765Mediation (not if taken as a core course)3
LAW 5770Mediation Clinic1-2
LAW 5925Trial Practice (not if taken as a core course)3-4
PUB_AF 8620Organizational Analysis and Change3
PUB_AF 8150Collaborative Governance3
PUB_AF 8160Organizational Dynamics and Leadership3

Additional Information

Additional details and a list of courses satisfying the certificate requirements are available from the School of Law at