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LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution (LLM in ADR) Degree
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As an LLM in ADR student, you will benefit from clinical and experiential learning experiences that build and deepen your ADR proficiency. As a graduate, you will be able to implement your knowledge in many areas of law and business practice, and will feel confident mediating, arbitrating, negotiating out-of-court settlements and managing the ADR process.
We recognize that you must balance your law studies with work, family and other responsibilities. We offer flexible scheduling that allows you to take classes during the day or in the late afternoon and evening. We also offer some weekend classes.
Two courses are required for all students:
- ADR Law and Policy: Arbitration and Mediation
- ADR Ethics
International students must also enroll in Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems.
You will satisfy your remaining course requirements with electives of your choice, and must earn at least 12 units in ADR-specific curriculum to receive the LLM in ADR degree. Course selection varies each semester depending on interest and availability.
Select a course below to view a more detailed description of the course.
ADR Clause Drafting
ADR Law and Policy: Arbitration and Mediation
Arbitration in the United States
Business Organizations *
Constitutional Law *
Criminal Procedure *
Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution
Divorce and Family Mediation
This course covers the practice and theory required to navigate many family law issues, including divorce, property, custody and immigration disputes.
Employment Dispute Mediation
Family Law Mediation Clinic
Gifts, Wills and Trusts *
International Investment Law and Arbitration
Introduction to U.S. Legal System (Int'l Students Only)
Legal Profession *
Mediation Theory & Practice
Moot Court Oral Arguments
Negotiation Theory and Application
Practical Mediation Skills Clinic
Sales Transactions *
Secured Transactions *
Special Education Dispute Resolution
Topics in American Law *
*These courses offer G&IP-only sections; LLM in ADR students may not enroll in the JD sections of these courses.
If you seek to apply transfer credit toward your degree, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility.
Students may pursue our Business Law certificate or Alternative Dispute Resolution certificate concurrent with their studies. You will need to complete 12 units of certificate law coursework as outlined in these respective certificates. This does not include classes offered outside of the law school. There is no additional cost for the certificates.
Recognized Course Provider
USC Gould has a Recognized Course Provider status with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), an internationally renowned professional membership organization that provides training and professional services for judges, arbitrators, and other ADR practitioners. It also acts as a global hub for practitioners, policy makers, academics and those in business, supporting the promotion, facilitation and development of all ADR methods worldwide. Founded in 1915 and granted a Royal Charter in 1979 as a not-for-profit organization, CIArb has a growing membership of 16,000, and is based across 133 countries and supported by an international network of 39 branches.
CIArb offers a progressive ladder of opportunities leading to professional designations that show increasing levels of competence in arbitration and mediation, starting with Student, then Associate (ACIArb), Member (MCIArb), and finally Fellow (FCIArb). As a USC Gould student, once you successfully complete our International Arbitration (LAW-817) course, you become eligible to apply for CIArb membership at the Member (MCIArb) level, helping you to climb the CIArb accreditation ladder more quickly and economically towards your goal of achieving a highly coveted professional credential with international recognition.
Through the LLM in ADR degree, you will develop:
- an understanding of underlying policies and legal ramifications for the range of available ADR options
- an expansive skillset for conducting ADR processes
- appropriate ethical guidelines as a neutral while conducting ADR processes
- an understanding of the wide variety of ADR policies and issues that affect practitioners in an ADR practice
- an understanding of the arbitration process nationally and internationally, as well as the principles that underscore the enforceability of arbitration agreements and awards (if you select arbitration coursework)
- sensitivity to cultural factors that affect ADR and practical experience in conducting mediations in the litigated case environment (if you select mediation coursework)
As a graduate of the LLM in ADR degree, you will be able to achieve greater levels of success within your current organization, or may use the degree to prepare for a career as a mediator or arbitrator. USC Gould offers career workshops to our ADR degree students. These workshops include specific student group and individualized guidance on:
- preparing for a career in and building a network as a mediator or arbitrator
- building business plans for ADR practice
- developing materials to market your ADR practice
- networking to build your ADR practice
- operating your ADR practice as a business
In addition to developing a practice as a mediator or arbitrator, many types of careers benefit from exposure to ADR practices. Our courses are developed to build widely useful skills such as communication, problem-solving, management and team-building.