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. 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. Pretrial Practice & Settlement—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, 90% took more than one upper-level ADR course, 70% took two or more upper-level ADR courses, 40% took three or more upper-level ADR courses, and 20% took four or more upper-level ADR courses. The current curriculum includes the following courses:

Introductory NDR Courses  

  • Negotiation (1 cr) –Aug 14, Jan 15 (required for all JD and NDR LLM students)
  • Introduction to U.S. & Comparative ADR Processes (3 cr) - fall 14

NDR Core Courses  

  • Pretrial Practice & Settlement (3 cr) - fall 14, spring 15 (14 sections/year )
  • Mediation Theory & Practice (3 cr) - fall 14, spring 15 (6 sections/year )
  • Employment & Civil Rights Mediation Theory & Practice (3 cr)
  • Family Mediation Theory & Practice (3 cr) – spring 15
  • Multi-Party & Public Policy Dispute Resolution Theory & Practice (3 cr) – fall 14
  • Negotiation Theory & Practice (3 cr) – spring 15
  • Business Negotiation Theory & Practice (3 cr) – fall 14, spring 15 (2 sections/year)
  • Investment-State Arbitration (1 cr) – fall 14
  • International Commercial Arbitration (1 cr)
  • Securities Law: Litigation & Arbitration (3 cr) – spring 14
  • Intellectual Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution (3 cr) - fall 14
  • Real Estate Practice, Negotiation & Drafting (2 cr) – fall 14
  • Sports Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation (3 cr)
  • Entertainment Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation (2 cr) - fall 15
  • Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic—2 sections/year
  • International Justice & Conflict Resolution Externship—2 sections/year
  • Advanced Negotiation Theory Seminar

NDR Related Courses  

  • Business Planning & Drafting: Fundamentals of M&A Transactions
  • Business Planning & Drafting: The Deal
  • Game Theory & the Law Seminar
  • Trial Practice & Procedure (3 cr) – fall 14, spring 15 (12 sections/year)
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy – fall 14, spring 15 (2 sections/year)
  • Organizing, Coalition Building & Lobbying – fall 14, spring 15 (2 sections/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