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LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution (LLM in ADR) Degree

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Our Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution (LLM in ADR) is designed for exceptional law graduates and attorneys interested in building strength as an advocate in ADR processes or gaining skills and a prestigious credential for pursuing career opportunities as a mediator or arbitrator.

The LLM in ADR is offered by USC Gould's comprehensive Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution on a part-time or full-time basis. Part-time students may begin their studies in the fall or spring semesters. Full-time students may begin their studies in the fall semester only.

In addition to building valuable negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills as an advocate for a client or as a neutral, you will develop a deep understanding of underlying policies and legal ramifications for a full range of ADR options.

Why Choose USC Gould?

Top reasons to pursue the LLM in ADR at USC Gould:

  • Earn a master's degree from a top 20 law school.
  • Complete your degree in as little as one year.
  • ADR is one of the fastest-growing fields — less than 2 percent of lawsuits make it to trial; today an overwhelming majority of litigation disputes are resolved through ADR.
  • Convenient and flexible scheduling — the majority of classes are held in the evening or on weekends to accommodate working professionals. The law school is located on the USC University Park Campus in Los Angeles.
  • Partial scholarships offered — all members of the inaugural classes for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters will receive a partial scholarship.
  • Receive career and professional support — includes workshops and individually tailored advice on developing your career plan for mediation or arbitration, as well as mentorship opportunities with dispute resolution professionals and tools for exam preparation.
  • Join the Trojan Family — a renowned network of 375,000 alumni who are deeply committed to furthering the success of USC graduates. Our more than 10,000 law graduates include partners in the world's largest law firms, leaders of civil rights movements, and CEOs and presidents of multibillion-dollar companies.
  • Gain hands-on practical skill development — learn from faculty who are top-tier neutrals and bring decades of experience in dispute resolution. You'll also have access to clinical and experiential learning opportunities that help you become a seasoned professional.
  • Create new career opportunities — organizations increasingly use dispute resolution processes to handle business and human resources issues. ADR expertise increases your marketability for a range of work settings, including business, government, human resources, counseling, education and social work. Lawyers trained in dispute resolution also learn to become better advocates for clients regardless of the area of practice.

The LLM in ADR is ideal for:

  • Professionals seeking a career path as a mediator, arbitrator, trainer or dispute resolution consultant
  • ADR practitioners who seek to deepen their expertise
  • Lawyers seeking to become better advocates through the ADR process
  • In-house counsel who assist organizations with conflict management
  • International attorneys interested in designing ADR processes in their home countries
  • Academics who seek to sharpen their understanding and credentials in dispute resolution
  • Recent graduates seeking to further their career goals

USC Gould offers an alternative master's degree in dispute resolution. Learn more about the Masters of Dispute Resolution (MDR).

Now Accepting 2017 Applications

Partial Scholarships available to inaugural classes (Fall 2017 & Spring 2018)


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