Summer Institute in Dispute Resolution 2019

The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the William S. Boyd School of Law hosts a Summer Institute geared to give law or graduate students, attorneys, and other professionals the chance to take intensive short courses on dispute resolution in Las Vegas.

Courses, taught by experts in the field, offer either law school academic credits or Nevada CLE credits. This year’s offerings focus on the following:


  • Negotiation   

    Approved for 24 general CLE credits, and 1 ethics credit

    Dates: June 10-14

    Monday-Thursday (June 10-13, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and Friday (June 14, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

    Harold Abramson, Esq., Adjunct Professor

    This course covers in-depth how to be an effective negotiator in any professional and personal setting. For lawyers, this skill set is essential for resolving legal disputes and making deals. This skill set is also relevant for working in law firms, businesses, large organizations, and government/public service including as a public or elected official.

    The course blends negotiation theory with practice by offering multiple opportunities to apply and practice what you are learning. The course gives attention to learning the widely used interest-based negotiations approach including learning active listening, your personal conflict style, different negotiation styles, how to negotiate with a hard bargainer, and how to overcome cognitive distortions when making decisions in negotiations. The course also covers negotiating cross-culturally and with numerous parties and introduces facilitation and mediation.

  • Introduction to Systems Design   

    Approved for 30 general CLE credits

    Dates: July 11-13, 18-21, & 25-27 

    Thursday & Friday (July 11-12, 18-19, & 25-26, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday (July 13, 20, & 27, 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

    David Doto, Esq., Adjunct Professor, LL.M.

    Every workplace generates chronic conflicts that, if mismanaged, become terribly costly to organizations. This course will introduce students to the “cutting-edge” field of multi-disciplinary integrated conflict management systems design in organizations. The purpose of this course is to gain a basic understanding of conflict and its potential positive and negative consequences, including its role in organizational change. Basic principles of organizational dynamics and the spectrum of dispute resolution modalities will also be discussed. These topics will serve as a foundation to explore the basics of the design and development of integrated conflict management systems within organizational settings. Students can expect exposure to theory, but will also be provided with a practical framework to apply systems design concepts in the real world.

  • Mediation Essentials   

    Approved for 32 general credits, and 4 ethics credits

    Dates: August 19-23

    Monday-Friday (8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

    Toby Guerin, Esq., Managing Director, Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland School of Law (C-DRUM) and Clinical Law Instructor, Adjunct Professor
    Lydia Nussbaum, Esq., Director - Mediation Clinic and Associate Professor of Law

    This course explores mediation as a collaborative process of resolving conflict through neutral, third-party intervention. This is a foundational course for individuals seeking to serve in the capacity of a mediator.

    Through discussion, simulations, and role-plays, this course focuses on the structure and goals of the mediation process and the skills and techniques mediators use to aid parties in overcoming barriers to dispute resolution. Since mediation is often defined as a facilitated negotiation, we will also examine negotiation strategies, behavior, and ethics and the tactics that mediators can employ to confront these dynamics. Finally, we will discuss legal issues in mediation, mediator certification and ethics, the institutionalization of mediation, and the use of mediation in different contexts.

    NOTE: This course will also be open to attorneys for CLE credit.


Program Application & Cost

Boyd Students

The Summer Institute courses are part of the law school's summer course offerings. UNLV Law students do not need to complete an application as they will be able to register for these courses when summer registration opens in April.

Visiting Students Seeking Academic Credit

Visiting students will need to apply through LSAC before registering for this course. The Visiting Student Information page provides more information for visiting applicants.

Attorneys and Other Professionals

The cost per course for attorneys and other professionals is $1,100. Register for individual classes.

CLE Credit

  • Negotiation - approved for CLE credit
  • Introduction to Systems Design - approved for CLE credit
  • Mediation Essentials - approved CLE credit


All courses are held at the William S. Boyd School of Law on the UNLV campus, which is centrally located in Las Vegas. View the UNLV campus map.


For more information about CLE credit for the Summer Institute, contact Sandra Rodriguez at (702) 895-2428.