Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Curriculum

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 and NDR LLM students. 

Most upperclass students enroll in Arbitration, Business Negotiation,Mediation 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 14 sections per year. Among recent graduates, 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 courses.

LL.M. students must take a minimum of 15 NDR credits from the following courses: 

Introductory NDR Courses  

  • Negotiation (1 cr) –Aug 15, Jan 16 (required for all JD and NDR LLM students)
  • Introduction to U.S. & Comparative ADR Processes (3 cr) - fall 15, spring 16 (two sections/year)

NDR Core Courses  

  1. Arbitration Theory & Practice (3 cr) - fall 15, spring 16 (2 sections/year)
  2. Business Negotiation Theory & Practice (3cr) - fall 15, spring 16 (2 sections/year)
  3. Mediation Theory & Practice (3 cr) - fall 15, spring 16 (4 sections/year)
  4. Family Mediation Theory & Practice (3 cr) – spring 16
  5. Multi-Party/Public Policy Dispute Resolution Theory & Practice (3 cr) – fall 15
  6. Pretrial Practice & Settlement (3 cr) - fall 15, spring 16 (14 sections/year)
  7. Investment-State Arbitration (1 cr) – fall 15
  8. International Commercial Arbitration (1 cr) –spring 16
  9. Securities Law: Litigation & Arbitration (3 cr) – spring 16
  10. Intellectual Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution (3 cr) - fall 15
  11. Real Estate Practice, Negotiation & Drafting (2 cr) – spring 16
  12. Sports Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation (3 cr)
  13. Entertainment Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation (2 cr) - fall 15
  14. Advanced Negotiation Theory Seminar (3 cr) – fall15
  15. Game Theory & the Law Seminar - spring 16
  16. Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic (6-8 cr) – fall 15   
    (LL.M. students may count up to 4 cr toward degree)
  17. International Justice & Conflict Resolution Externship (11-12 cr) - 2 sections/year
     (LL.M. students may count up to 4 cr toward degree)

NDR Related Courses  

  • Business Planning & Drafting: Fundamentals of M&A Transactions
  • Business Planning & Drafting: The Deal
  • Trial Practice & Procedure (3 cr) – fall 15, spring 16 (12 sections/year)
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy – spring 16 (1 section/year)
  • Organizing, Coalition Building & Lobbying – spring 16 (1 section/year)
  • Supervised Research
  • Supervised Practicum/Lawyering Practice Externship
    (LL.M. students may count up to 4 cr toward degree)
  • ABA Representation in Mediation Competition
  • Trial Advocacy Competition