WashULaw offers US-trained lawyers the opportunity to select a graduate program that best fits their particular academic and professional goals.  Students can pursue an LLM with a concentration in negotiation and dispute resolution, described below. Students can also pursue an LLM in taxation, an LLM in intellectual property and technology law, or a customized LLM.

US-Trained LLM with Concentration in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Today’s lawyers must be versed in negotiation, problem-solving, collaboration, and creative dispute resolution.  As a long-standing leader in negotiation and dispute resolution (NDR) education, WashULaw is an excellent place to pursue a specialty in this area of law.  An LLM focused o NDR 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 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.

WashULaw has a robust NDR Program with an extensive curriculum including courses, seminars, internships, and competitions. The university’s top-ranked social work and business schools also offer related NDR courses.

Our distinguished faculty includes 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 NDR Program also includes adjunct faculty who are top local practitioners with expertise in various NDR fields.

Interested candidates must submit:

  1. An application;
  2. One letter of recommendation; and
  3. Official academic transcripts (in English) from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended, whether or not a degree was awarded, with class rank.

Application Requirements

Candidates for the LLM degree must have graduated from an accredited US law school or have earned a law degree from a foreign country. For lawyers in practice, we also consider relevant work experience and a demonstrated interest in the field.

For program admissions questions, contact Asst. Dean Tomea Mersmann.

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