Course Requirements

Students admitted to the Certificate of Dispute Resolution (CDR) Program must enroll in the following courses at the following times:

Year Term(s) Course
1L Fall Civil Procedure (Law 101)
1L Spring Alternative Dispute Resolution (Law 113)
2L Fall Mediation (Law 619)
2L Spring Negotiation (Law 609)
2L Varies Advanced Topics Seminar [audit] (Law 361)
3L Both Advanced Topics Seminar (Law 361)
2L or 3L Fall Arbitration (Law 239)
2L or 3L Both Civil Trial Practice (Law 613) or Externship (Law 478) or Pretrial Civil Litigation (Law 374) or Clinic (Law 618A) or International Litigation and Arbitration (Law 372, with permission)

Certificate candidates are granted automatic admission to required courses without needing to enter a lottery. With respect to the elective course, during the relevant pre-registration period, certificate students must notify the registrar of their intention to enroll in one of these courses and will receive automatic enrollment. After such enrollment occurs, the candidate will not be given priority with respect to the remaining optional courses.


Each year, a certificate student must complete an externship as agreed upon and assigned by the CDR director to each student. The externship may require 60 to 100 hours of work, depending on the responsibilities and tasks undertaken.

Student Support

During the 2L and 3L years, the CDR program staff will conduct or sponsor informational programs to assist certificate students with academic achievement and career advancement. Topics during the second year will include an introduction to the certificate program, effective legal writing, effective study and exam techniques, course selection for each semester and job searching and interview techniques. Topics during the third year will include course selection, advanced job searching and interviewing techniques for post-law school careers.

In addition to group meetings, a member of the CDR staff will meet with students regularly to discuss their individual progress and challenges in the certificate program and the law school in general.