Negotiation & Dispute Resolution First Year, Upper-Level, and LLM Curriculum

The 2015-2016 Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Society comprised of JD's and LLM's, celebrates with the ABA Mediation Competition Team and board.


Innovative First-Year Negotiation Course and Robust Upper-Level NDR Curriculum

Washington University School of Law’s Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (NDR) Program’s curriculum is among the strongest in the country with over 20 NDR courses, clinics, and competitions. Washington University is one of the few schools in the nation to provide an introductory Negotiation course for all law students, which lays the foundation for learning in upper-level negotiation and dispute resolution courses and in doctrinal courses. This course is required for all JD's and all NDR LLM students. 

Most upperclass students enroll in Arbitration, Business Negotiation, Mediation, and Multiparty/Public Policy NDR Theory & Practice, and/or Pretrial Practice & Settlement. This latter course - which introduces students to interviewing, counseling, and negotiation in the context of pleadings, discovery, motion practice, and settlement - has been one of the most popular courses in the upper-class curriculum for more than three decades; the law school currently offers 12-14 sections per year.

Among recent graduates, in the graduating clase of 2015, 100% took one or more upper-level ADR course, 93% took two or more upper-level ADR courses, 58% took three or more upper-level ADR courses, and 27% took four or more upper-level ADR courses. 

The current curriculum includes the following NDR courses.  NDR students must take a minimum of 15 NDR credits from the following courses, including the introductory Negotiation course and at least two of the following core courses: Arbitration, Business Negotiation, Mediation, or Multi-Party/Public Policy Dispute Resolution. Contact Professor Karen Tokarz for permission for any courses to be counted toward the NDR LL.M. not listed on the list of core or recommended courses. 

Introductory NDR Course 

  • Negotiation (1 cr) – Aug 16, Jan 17 (required for all JD's and all NDR LLM students)

NDR Core Courses  

  • Arbitration Theory & Practice (3 cr) - fall 16, spring 17 (2 sections/year)
  • Business Negotiation Theory & Practice (3cr) - fall 16, spring 17 (3 sections/year)
  • Mediation Theory & Practice (3 cr) - fall 16, spring 17 (3-4 sections/year)
  • Multi-Party/Public Policy Dispute Resolution Theory & Practice (3 cr) – fall 16, spring 12 (2 sections/year)

NDR Courses  

  • Advanced Negotiation Theory & Practice (3 cr) – spring 17
  • Family Mediation Theory & Practice (3 cr)
  • Pretrial Practice & Settlement (3 cr) - fall 16, spring 17 (12-14 sections/year)
  • Introduction to U.S. & Comparative ADR Processes (3 cr) 
  • Investment-State Arbitration (1 cr) – fall 16
  • International Commercial Arbitration (1 cr) –spring 17
  • Contract Negotiation: Reaching Across the Americas (1 cr) – spring 17
  • Securities Law: Litigation & Arbitration (2 cr) – spring 17
  • Intellectual Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution (3 cr) - fall 16
  • Real Estate Practice, Negotiation & Drafting (2 cr) – spring 17
  • Real Estate Transactions (3 cr) - fall 16
  • Sports Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation (3 cr)
  • Entertainment Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation (2 cr) 
  • Business Planning & Drafting & Dispute Resolution: Fundamentals of M&A Transaction Practice - spring 17
  • Business Planning & Drafting: The Deal
  • Game Theory & the Law Seminar (3 cr)
  • Law & Psychology (3 cr) 
  • Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic (6-8 cr) – fall 16, spring 17
    (Students may count up to 4 cr toward NDR LLM degree)
  • International Justice & Conflict Resolution Externship (11-12 cr) (2 sections/year)
     (Students may count up to 4 cr toward NDR LLM degree)

NDR Related Courses  

  • Trial Practice & Procedure (3 cr) – fall 16, spring 17 (12 sections/year)
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy – spring 17 (1 section/year)
  • Organizing, Coalition Building & Lobbying (3 cr)  – spring 17 (1 section/year)
  • Representation in Mediation Competition (1 cr)
  • Trial Advocacy Competition (1 cr) 
  • Client Interviewing & Counseling Competition Board (1 cr)
  • Negotiation Competition Board (1 cr)
  • Representation in Mediation Competition Board (1 cr)