CDR Curriculum

Students admitted to the CDR Certificate Program must enroll in the following courses at the following times:

Year Term(s) Course
1L Fall Civil Procedure (Law 101)
1L Spring Dispute Resolution (Law 113)
2L Fall Negotiation (Law 609)
2L Either Evidence (Law 213) or Mediation (Law 619)
2L Both Advanced Topics Seminar [audit] (Law 361)
3L Both Advanced Topics Seminar (Law 361)
2L or 3L Both Arbitration (Law 239)
2L or 3L Both Trial Practice (Law 613) or Appellate Externship (Law 478) or Pretrial Practice (Law 374) or Civil Practice Clinic (Law 618A) or International Arbitration and Litigation (Law 372, with permission)

Certificate candidates are granted automatic admission to required courses without need 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 a practicum as agreed upon and assigned by the CDR director to each student. The practicum may require 60 to 100 hours of work, depending on the responsibilities and tasks undertaken.

During the second year, this may include, but is not limited to, researching and writing case summaries for the RDDR (Recent Developments in Dispute Resolution) service, writing, editing or "debugging" simulations for the CDR website, or any other practicum designed to advance the student's knowledge of dispute resolution process or theory.

During the second year, the practicum may include, but is not limited to, mediating for the Marion County XX, serving as the editor of the RDDR service, simulation website support, or any other independent program, designed by the CDR director and the student, which enhances the student's knowledge of dispute resolution process or theory and constitutes a more advanced project or undertaking than in the 2L year.


Each year, each certificate student must write, edit and debug a simulation for the CDR simulation website.

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, researching and summarizing cases for the RDDR 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 on at least a bi-weekly basis to discuss their individual progress and challenges in the certificate program and the law school in general.

The Center's philosophy is that we are responsible not only for substantive learning, but also for increased academic achievement and productive career advice for each certificate student.