Dispute Resolution: Curriculum & Courses

The DR curriculum at Marquette University Law School offers a broad array of introductory and skill workshops including a workshop in each of the ADR processes: negotiation, mediation and arbitration. In addition, the mediation clinic offers a unique opportunity to mediate real cases from the Milwaukee County Small Claims Court. Each student is supervised by a practicing mediator and receives direct feedback on their performance. The clinic is considered a highlight of the DR program.

Building on the national reputation of the dispute resolution program, Marquette University Law School offers students the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution in Law.  Starting with an introductory general enrollment course in Alternative Dispute Resolution, students can then tailor the certificate to a particular area of interest in dispute resolution by taking advantage of the broad array of courses and workshops focused on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.  To earn the certificate, students complete a minimum of 17 credits from selected coursework, internships, supervised field placements, or clinics, and prepare a paper on a dispute resolution topic. Click here for course descriptions.

Dispute Resolution Certificate Courses:

·        Required Course (3 credits)

o  ​ Alternative Dispute Resolution

·        Three Dispute Resolution Skills Courses (6-9 credits)

o   Arbitration Workshop

o   Interviewing and Counseling

o   Mediation Advocacy

o   Mediation Clinic

o   Negotiation Workshop

Two Additional Courses in Related Processes (or any of the above courses not already counted toward the preceding course requirement) (4-6credits)

o   Administrative Law

o   Advanced Civil Procedure

o   Advanced Evidence

o   ​CLI: Problem Solving Courts and Trauma

o   Criminal Process

o   Family Law and ADR

o   International Conflict Resolution

o   Negotiating Business Transactions

o   Civil Pretrial Practice

o   Criminal Pretrial Practice

o   Sports Sponsorship - Legal and Business Issues

o   Trial Advocacy

o    Comparative International Conflict Resolution 

Click here for course descriptions.  Please note that not every course is taught each year.

Associated Clinics, Judicial Internships and Supervised Field Work Programs

  • See the Client Skills Board for additional experiential learning opportunities available to students interested in the Certificate.