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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Experience a USC Gould conflict resolution class through one of our upcoming events:

  • On-Campus: Visit a dispute resolution class in January or February here
  • Online: Join a short online class in dispute resolution on January 29 here

USC Gould's Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution is one of the nation's longest-standing and most comprehensive offerings in arbitration and mediation. It was established with a visionary gift of $5 million in 2015 to prepare students for the emerging ADR field. Students in the program learn to negotiate many types of settlements out of court while gaining skills relevant to any area of legal or business practice.

Overview and Faculty

Overview and Faculty

Learn about the benefits of this area of concentration in our alternative dispute resolution (ADR) overview and meet our dedicated ADR faculty.

Curriculum and Degrees

Curriculum and Degrees

Earn a degree and/or certificate in alternative dispute resolution — one of the most dynamic fields within law and business today.



Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

Benefit from a wide range of hands-on skills training, often in direct service to clients.


Organizations and Events

Organizations, Events and News

Join the Gould Dispute Resolution Society to further promote educational and networking opportunities.

Attend professional conferences and speaker series to learn from some of the field's leading practitioners.

Read about the school, faculty, students, and alumni in the news:

Meet us to learn more:

  • January 17, 2019, January 24, 2019, February 7, 2019, February 14, 2019:
    Information Session & Class Visit - Meet with Ashley Sim, Assistant Director or Admissions, at 5:30 p.m. and then sit in on Professor Richard Peterson's ADR Law & Policy class at 6 p.m. Register here at least 2 days prior to the event and we'll email you a parking reservation.
  • January 29, 2019: @ 8 a.m. (Pacific Time):
    Universal Importance of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Skills in Today's World - Free online ADR class with Professor Richard Peterson Register here
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