LLM with a Concentration in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution


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Washington University School of Law is a long-standing leader in negotiation and dispute resolution education.  At Washington University, we believe that lawyers must be versed in negotiation, problem-solving, collaboration, and creative dispute resolution to practice successfully in today’s world. 

Professor Karen Tokarz with students in the law school

An LLM with a Concentration in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution 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) have grown considerably over the past 40 years and are now the primary vehicles for legal dispute resolution in almost every area of legal practice in almost every country in the world. 

Law firms, agencies, and businesses greatly value practitioners with expertise in dispute resolution, and some large firms have developed specialized NDR units.  In addition, there are a growing number of jobs in the field of NDR as mediators, ombudspersons, and NDR program administrators for courts, corporations, government agencies, bar associations, non-profits, and NDR providers.

Professor Ann Davis Shields

Washington University has a robust Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program with a curriculum that is one of the largest, if not the largest, in the country, with over 25 courses,  seminars, internships,  and competitions. Importantly, the school offers almost all of the NDR courses every year, with multiple sections of key NDR courses. The university's top-ranked social work and business schools also offer related courses in negotiation and dispute resolution.

Our distinguished faculty includes several full-time faculty members with expertise in psychology, business, economics, and international human rights, who teach, write, and practice in the field of dispute resolution. The Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program adjunct faculty includes top local practitioners with expertise in various NDR fields. 

Degree Requirements for the LLM with a Concentration in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Admission Requirements

Professor Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff

Candidates for the LLM degree must have graduated from an accredited U.S. law school. In some situations, we may consider students with an undergraduate law degree or its equivalent from a foreign institution of higher learning based on the strength of your law school record and any negotiation and dispute resolution course work. For lawyers in practice, we also consider relevant work experience.  Students holding an LL.B. from a non-U.S. law school are required to take a two-semester course:  Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Methods.

Interested candidates must submit: (1) an application; (2) one letter of recommendation; (3) official academic transcripts in English from all undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools attended, whether or not a degree was awarded, with class rank; and (4) a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test), or 100 (internet-based test) for students for whom English is not a native language. Washington University Candidates should contact Dean Michael Koby directly (see below for contact information).

We cannot review your file until it is complete. All materials must be submitted by June 15 of the year in which you seek to be admitted. Need-based and credit-based loans, as well as a limited number of merit based scholarships, are available for full-time students who meet federal requirements.

How to Apply:

  • Current or former Washington University JD students should apply here.
  • Students holding an LL.B. from a non-U.S. law school can apply directly online through the LLM Online Application 

For program admissions, contact Professor Michael Koby, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
E-Mail: koby@wulaw.wustl.edu
Phone: 314-935-7557
Fax: 314-935-8778

For curriculum information, contact Professor Karen Tokarz, Director, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program

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