LL.M. with a Concentration in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution
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.
An LL.M. 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. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) 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.
Law firms, agencies, and businesses greatly value practitioners with expertise in dispute resolution, and some large firms have developed specialized ADR units. In addition, there are a growing number of jobs in the field of ADR as mediators, ombudspersons, and ADR program administrators for courts, corporations, government agencies, bar associations, non-profits, and ADR providers.
Washington University has a robust Negotiation & Dispute Resolution 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 ADR courses every year, with multiple sections of key ADR 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 ADR fields.
- Students must satisfactorily complete 15 credits in the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution curriculum out of 24 required credits for graduation.
- Students must obtain a grade of 79 or better to obtain credit in any course.
- Candidates who have already completed these subjects may apply to waive required courses and to substitute another approved Negotiation & Dispute Resolution course.
- Students may complete the degree in one year.
- Students may also pursue the LL.M. degree part-time for up to four years.
- Students seeking to extend course work beyond four years must receive approval of the Director.
Candidates for the LL.M. 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 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) at least two letters of recommendations; (3) application fee; (4) official academic transcripts in English from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended, whether or not a degree was awarded, with class rank; and (5) a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test), or 100 (internet-based test) for students whom English is not a native language.
We cannot review your file until it is complete. All materials must be submitted by August 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:
- Apply directly online through the LLM Online Application
- Download, complete and mail a paper application to the Admissions Office
For curriculum or program information, contact Professor Michael Koby, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.