The Center for Dispute Resolution teaches and explores the theory and practice of negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other appropriate, alternative methods of resolving disputes. The Center for Dispute Resolution, founded at Willamette University College of Law in 1983, was the first of its kind in the western United States and is the model against which similar endeavors are now measured.
The Center administers a specialized Certificate in Dispute Resolution open to JD students, as well as qualifying Willamette MBA students and members of the community.
Finally, the Center serves as a provider of continuing legal educational programs in the area of dispute resolution. The programs are responsive to trends in the law and teach everything from negotiation strategy to advocacy in mediation to ethics.