The Certificate Program in Dispute Resolution, administered by the law school's Center for Dispute Resolution, provides a substantial foundation in mediation and negotiation for all law students. The program is particularly valuable for those students interested in a deep exploration of problem-solving, deal-making and decision theory. Courses within the program are also useful for those uninterested in mediation and arbitration and provide solid training for future transactional lawyers.
The certificate program requires 15 hours (plus one law elective and externship hours) of specialized study as part of the 90 hours required to earn the JD. Students enrolled in the program develop vital expertise in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, trial process, and conflict theory. Students learn practical and theoretical components of dispute resolution and the negotiation techniques needed to readily prevent and quickly resolve a broad range of legal disputes.
Admission to the Program
Participation in the certificate program is open to JD students, as well as qualifying Willamette MBA students and members of the community, but enrollment may be limited based on course availability. Interested students enroll in the introductory Alternative Dispute Resolution course offered in the spring semester of their 1L year.
Applications are due from students at the end of their 1L year, by July 1, with admission decisions made in mid-July. Only the applications of students who have a 2.7 GPA or better and who have taken the Alternative Dispute Resolution course will be considered for admission to the certificate program.
Criteria for Admission
To enter in the certificate program, a student must submit the online application and be admitted to the program. To be admitted, in addition to having a minimum 2.7 GPA, students must do the following:
- Submit the online application and personal statement. The personal statement should be a one- to two-page statement outlining your interests in the certificate program.