The Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

JD Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

The JD Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution distinguishes JD graduates by honing their practical skills in arbitration, client counseling, mediation, and negotiation. In addition to designated and elective coursework, degree candidates must complete an approved externship in order to earn the certificate.


Degree candidates interested in enhancing their career opportunities with the JD Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution must complete a minimum of 25 credit hours, including 10 required credits, and must graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in alternative dispute resolution coursework.

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Proposed Schedule

Year One
Required JD Courses (29 Credits)
Year Two, First Semester
Civil Procedure II (3)
Constitutional Law II (3)
Evidence (4)
Lawyering Skills III: Herzog Moot Court Competition (1)
Professional Responsibility (3)
Externship (2)
Year Two, Second Semester
Trial Advocacy (3)
ADR Electives (12)
Year Three, First Semester
Lawyering Skills IV: Drafting (2)
Center-Related Electives (13)
Year Three, Second Semester
ADR Electives (8)
Center-Related Electives (7)


Elective Courses

Minimum of 12 credits in the following alternative dispute resolution courses:

Externship or clinic program (3 Credits):
No Rule 711 requirement. May be taken after first full year of academic study.