Academic Programs

Dispute Resolution LL.M.

Welcome to the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution!

Here is your chance to learn about dispute resolution, an emerging global method for resolving legal cases. Willamette University College of Law will give you the expertise to practice this cutting-edge field in private practice, for public interest organizations and for government agencies.


  1. Your future:  The degree will prepare you for an innovative future in the United States and abroad in the fast-growing field of dispute resolution.
  2. World-Class Resources: Our Center for Dispute Resolution is one of the first in the country. Faculty members include five full-time professors and highly regarded, prominent practitioners in the field.
  3. Innovative Classes: Set your education apart by taking courses that delve into cross-cultural dispute resolution and the neuroscience of dispute resolution, among others.
  4. Theory and Practice: Learn theory in the classroom, then mediate actual cases at the Marion County Circuit Court program. The Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the State of Oregon are located adjacent to the university campus, which provides students with the opportunity to observe appellate advocacy in action.
  5. Ideal Location: Known for its natural beauty, Salem is situated an hour from the majestic Pacific Ocean and the unique geography of the Oregon Coast to the west and 90 minutes from Cascade Mountains to the east.  Salem is blessed with a temperate climate year-round.  There are an abundance of recreational opportunities nearby and restaurants and shops are within an easy walk of campus.
  1. About the Willamette University College of Law:

    Established in 1883, Willamette University College of Law offers a learning environment that is distinctive among law schools. Located across the street from the state Capitol complex and the Oregon Department of Justice, the college is situated in the epicenter of state law, government and business.

    The College of Law emphasizes small enrollment, excellence in teaching and a high level of faculty-student interaction. We also boast a student-faculty ratio of 13-to-1. Our select enrollment of fewer than 430 students creates an intellectual intimacy unmatched by most law schools in the United States. As a community, we are committed to the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship, to diversity, and to public service. Willamette law students should expect to be challenged, to defend their opinions, to think and rethink their ideas, and to leave with a heightened respect for themselves and confidence in what they can do.

    Dispute Resolution Courses at Willamette:

    Willamette University specializes in dispute resolution studies. Nationally recognized as one of the nation's finest training grounds in dispute resolution, and directed by Professor Richard Birke. The Center for Dispute Resolution has earned many accolades since its founding in 1983 on the campus of Willamette University College of Law. Students can take Arbitration, International Arbitration, Mediation, Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution, Negotiation and Advanced Negotiation, in addition to Conflict Theory, Comparative Law, International Law and Transnational Law, Recent Developments in Dispute Resolution, Psychology and Dispute Resolution, Clinical Offerings and Externships.

    About the LL.M. Program Director:

    Sukhsimranjit Singh joined Willamette University in 2008 as the founding Associate Director for the Center for Dispute Resolution. Professor Singh teaches and specializes in Arbitration, Medication, Negotiation, and Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution.  A graduate of NALSAR University of Law, he earned his LL.M. in Dispute Resolution at the University Missouri-Columbia.  Following the post-graduate fellowship from Hamline University School of Law, and practicing family and FED mediation, Professor Singh has trained lawyers and law students in North America and Europe and is regularly invited to speak at dispute resolution conferences in the the United States, China, and India, among other nations.  He is a board member of the Oregon Mediation Association, a qualified neutral in the the states of Missouri, Minnesota and Oregon. He lives with his family in Salem, Oregon.


  1. Interested in learning more about the program and for applying for the degree of LL.M. in Dispute Resolution? There is no fee for applications submitted online.

    For assistance with the application and admission processes, please contact the Office of Law Admission at or at (503) 370-6282.

  2. Application Process and Requirements

  3. Curriculum