The JD/Master of Laws (LLM) in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (NDR) program prepares practicing lawyers to further their careers as effective and skilled negotiators, advocates, mediators, arbitrators, diplomats, ombudspersons, practitioners, policymakers and business leaders – locally, nationally, and globally. NDR has grown exponentially over the past few decades and currently is the primary vehicle for legal dispute resolution in almost every legal practice area and in almost every country.

Who should consider a JD/LLM in NDR?

A student who is interested in:

  • Business negotiation and contract arbitration
  • Multi-party dispute resolution
  • Employment mediation
  • Family mediation
  • Coalition building and lobbying
  • Interviewing, counseling and negotiating in law office practice, including motions practice and settlement

How long does it take to earn a JD/ LLM in NDR and when do I apply for the program?

Students earn both a JD and an LLM in NDR in either a six-semester program or a seven-semester program.  The innovative and unique six-semester program allows students to earn both degrees without sacrificing summer employment opportunities, thereby giving students a competitive edge in employment.  With the six-semester program, students must earn 8 credits beyond those required for the JD alone (total of 94 credits). Under the seven-semester option, students take an additional 8 credits while in the JD program and upon obtaining a JD, take 15 additional NDR credits in one full-time semester. Students can also consider the traditional one-year LLM in NDR program. Students can apply for this program during their 2nd or 3rd year of law school.

Why Washington University?

WashULaw is one of the few law schools in the country to offer a JD/LLM in NDR.  WashULaw has an outstanding NDR program and offers an extensive alumni network.  Students in the JD/LLM in NDR degree program have access to the incredible resources of the Career Center at the law school.

Who should I contact if I need additional information?

  • For questions about admissions, please email Jamie Roggen or call (314) 935-6432.
  • For questions about academic advising, please email Professor Karen Tokarz, Director, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program, or call (314) 935-6414.