Joint JD/LLM with a concentration in NDR

The Master of Laws (LLM) with a concentration in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution program at Washington University prepares practicing lawyers to further their careers as effective and skilled negotiators, advocates, mediators, arbitrators, diplomats, ombudspersons, practitioners, policymakers, and business leaders in local, national, and international arenas. Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (NDR) has grown considerably over the past 40 years and is now the primary vehicle for legal dispute resolution in almost every area of legal practice in almost every country in the world.   

Students earn both a JD and an LLM with a concentration in NDR in either the six-semester program or the seven-semester option. The innovative and unique six-semester program allows you to earn both degrees without sacrificing summer employment opportunities, thereby giving students a competitive advantage in the employment market at graduation.

The joint degree program requires a total of 94 credits for graduation with both degrees, compared with the 86 required for the J.D. degree.  Students must take at least 15 credits of courses from the NDR LLM curriculum. Click here for the curriculum. 

Students taking the combined degree program would be required to pay an extra semester’s tuition at a 40% discount, payable in the student’s final semester

Students can still consider the traditional one-year program. Click here for more information about that program. 

Degree Requirements  

Six-Semester JD/ LLM with a concentration in NDR 

  • Earn 8 credits beyond those required for the JD or a total of 94 credits. 
  • Cost: one semester LLM tuition at a 40% discount, payable in the student’s final semester.

Seven-Semester JD/ LLM with a concentration in NDR 

  • Take 8 additional credits while in the JD program.
  • Upon obtaining your JD degree, take 15 additional NDR credits in one full-time semester in the LLM program.
  • Cost: one semester of LLM tuition at a 40% discount, payable during the full-time semester in the LLM program.

Admission Process 

Candidates must: (1) Complete the On-line application. No Application Fee is required; (2) Complete the form - Permission to Release Academic Record/Information - granting permission for the LLM Committee to access your JD records and transcript; and (3) Email Jamie Roggen once you have submitted your online application. 

Application Deadlines: Six-semester JD/LLM—May 15 of 2L year; Seven-semester JD/LLM—May 15 of 3L year
For curriculum information, contact Professor Karen Tokarz, Director, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program

Phone: 314-935-6414
Fax: 314-935-5356