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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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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. 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
Employment Dispute Mediation
Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Online Dispute Resolution
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 *
Negotiation Theory and Application
Practical Mediation Skills Clinic
Secured Transactions *
Topics in American Law *
*These courses are LLM-only sections; LLM in ADR students may not enroll in the JD sections of these courses.
You may petition to enroll in other USC Gould courses not listed above, to be applied toward the LLM in ADR degree.
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 concurrent with their studies. You will need to complete 12 units of certificate law coursework as outlined in this certificate. This does not include classes offered outside of the law school. There is no additional cost for the certificate.
California and New York Bar Exam Eligibility
Students who are licensed to practice in their home jurisdictions may be eligible to sit for the California bar exam without additional course requirements.
If you are not yet licensed to practice, you may enroll in courses required by the California bar or New York bar as part of the LLM in ADR degree regardless of your intent or eligibility to sit for the California or New York bar. Enrollment in an LLM degree does not guarantee that you will be able to take the exam.
If you are an international student interested in studying ADR as part of a comprehensive study plan that will allow you to seek admission to the District of Columbia (D.C.) bar, you may wish to consider the traditional LLM degree with a certificate in ADR.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
USC Gould is a recognized course provider for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a leading professional membership organization that represents the interests of ADR practitioners worldwide. If you successfully complete the International Arbitration (LAW-817) course, you will become eligible to apply for CIArb membership, giving you a 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, both as a practitioner and as a neutral
- 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 the arbitration emphasis)
- sensitivity to cultural factors that affect ADR and practical experience in conducting mediations in the litigated case environment (if you select the mediation emphasis)
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.