Today’s legal system incorporates many modes of dispute resolution and requires lawyers to have proficiency in litigation and non-litigation methods to resolve client disputes. A competent 21st century lawyer must be able to talk to and counsel clients about all of these possible dispute resolution approaches. Further, lawyers with a sophisticated understanding of how these processes work and what remedies they can (and cannot) provide, will be able to strategize and advocate effectively for their clients
Students who wish to concentrate in dispute resolution shall meet the following requirements:
7. Dispute Resolution Colloquium attendance: At least four Dispute Resolution Colloquium sessions will be held each year, at which talks on dispute resolution topics will be given by faculty or students. Those students seeking to complete the concentration must attend at least four of these sessions during their time at Boyd.
8. Paper presentation: All students seeking to fulfill this concentration must make a presentation of their paper, prior to graduation, in the manner required by their faculty supervisor.
Application for Dispute Resolution Concentration
All students interested in recognition for completing the concentration must complete an online form here (login required) no later than second-to-last semester at Boyd.
List of Courses
Litigation courses(students must take at least two courses)
- Administrative Law
- Advanced Advocacy
- Bankruptcy Litigation
- Basic Bankruptcy
- Civil Discovery
- Conflict of Laws
- Criminal Evidence
- Criminal Procedure – Adjudication
- Criminal Procedure - Investigation
- Evidence Skills
- Externship with Attorney General, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, or for a judge
- Federal Courts
- Opening and Closing Statements
- Pretrial Litigation (Civil)
- Pretrial Litigation (Criminal)
- Psychology and Lawyering (cannot also be counted as a non-litigation course)
- Trial Advocacy
Non-litigation courses(students must take at least two courses)
- ADR in Employment Law
- International Commercial Arbitration
- International Commercial Mediation
- Mediation/Mediation Essentials
- Mediation Clinic/Mediation Practicum
- Mediation Advocacy/Representation
- Parking Arbitration Practicum
- Psychology and Lawyering (cannot also be counted as a litigation course)
- Any other Special Topics course included in Saltman Institute
- Other courses: Students can potentially apply credits for a student note, directed research, or other course not on the list toward the total number of credits required by the concentration, but this would need to be pre-approved by their faculty supervisor.
**If a student obtains a lower grade in a dispute resolution course they are not precluded from completing the concentration but must take another course in which they get at least a 2.7 to meet the concentration requirements.