Certificate in Dispute Resolution beneficial for all law students, alumnae say

Working as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital in Portland, Nani Apo JD'13 heard all kinds of complaints. Apo learned to listen and communicate, becoming adept at solving customers' issues at the vet. She heard about the Certificate Program in Dispute Resolution, and her curiosity piqued.

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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. 

Faculty produce and disseminate research on conflict theory and problem-solving. The Center has hosted distinguished scholars such as Robert Mnookin, Neil Vidmar, Len Riskin and Daisy Hurst Floyd.

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.

Please note the Simulation Bank shut down effective January 5, 2018.

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