Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Curriculum

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Society and NDR faculty celebrated end of 2015-16 school year


Innovative First-Year Negotiation Course and Robust Upper-Level NDR Curriculum

Washington University School of Law’s Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (NDR) Program’s curriculum is among the strongest in the country with over 20 NDR courses, clinics, and competitions.

Washington University is one of the few schools in the nation to provide an introductory Negotiation course for all law students, which lays the foundation for learning in upper-level negotiation and dispute resolution courses as well as doctrinal courses.  The Negotiation course is required for all JD's and all NDR LLM students. NDR LLM students also must take two core NDR courses: Arbitration Theory & Practice, Business Negotiation Theory & Practice, Mediation Theory & Practice, Multiparty/Public Policy DR Theory & Practice, and/or Advanced Negotiation Theory & Practice.  NDR LLM students must take a minimum of 15 NDR credits from the NDR curriculum listed below.

Pretrial Practice & Settlement is another popular NDR course that introduces students to interviewing, counseling, and negotiation in the context of pleadings, discovery, motion practice, and settlement.  This course has been one of the most popular courses in the upper-class curriculum for more than three decades, and the law school currently offers 14 sections per year.

An increasing number of Washington University students enroll in multiple upper-level NDR courses. Among recent Washington University graduates in the class of 2015, 100% took one or more upper-level NDR courses, 93% took two or more upper-level NDR courses, 58% took three or more upper-level NDR courses, and 27% took four or more upper-level NDR courses. An increasing number of Washington University JD students also are electing to do the joint JD/NDRLLM six-semester degree program.

The current NDR curriculum includes the NDR courses listed below. Contact Professor Karen Tokarz for permission for any courses to be counted toward the NDR LLM not identified below on the list of introductory, core, recommended, or related NDR courses. 

Introductory NDR Course 

  • Negotiation (1 cr) – Aug 16, Jan 17 (required for all JD's and all NDR LLM students)

NDR Core Courses 

  • Arbitration Theory & Practice (3 cr) - fall 16, spring 17 (2 sections/year)
  • Business Negotiation Theory & Practice (3cr) - fall 16, spring 17 (3 sections/year)
  • Mediation Theory & Practice (3 cr) - fall 16, spring 17 (3 sections/year)
  • Multi-Party/Public Policy Dispute Resolution Theory & Practice (3 cr) – fall 16
  • Advanced Negotiation Theory & Practice (3 cr) – spring 17

NDR Courses 

  • Pretrial Practice & Settlement (3 cr) - fall 16, spring 17 (14 sections/year)
  • Introduction to U.S. & Comparative NDR Processes (3 cr) - spring 17
  • Family Mediation Theory & Practice (3 cr) – spring 17
  • Investor-State Arbitration (1 cr) – fall 16
  • International Commercial Arbitration (1 cr) –spring 17
  • Securities Law: Litigation & Arbitration (2 cr) – spring 17
  • Intellectual Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution (3 cr) - fall 16
  • Real Estate Transactions (3 cr) – fall 16
  • Real Estate Practice, Negotiation & Drafting (2 cr) – spring 17
  • Sports Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation (3 cr)
  • Entertainment Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation (2 cr)
  • Business Planning, Drafting & Dispute Resolution: Fundamentals of M&A Transactions (2 cr) - spring 17
  • Business Planning & Drafting: The Deal
  • Organizing, Coalition Building & Lobbying (3 cr) – spring 17
  • Game Theory & the Law Seminar (3 cr)
  • Law & Psychology (3 cr)
  • Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic (6-8 cr) – fall 16, spring 17 (Students may count up to 4 cr toward NDR LLM degree)
  • International Justice & Conflict Resolution Externship (11-12 cr) - fall 16, spring 17 (Students may count up to 4 cr toward NDR LLM degree)

NDR Related Courses  

  • Trial Practice & Procedure (3 cr) – fall 16, spring 17 (12 sections/year)
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy – spring 17 (1 section/year)
  • Representation in Mediation Competition (1 cr)
  • Trial Advocacy Competition (1 cr)
  • Client Interviewing & Counseling Competition Board (1 cr)
  • Negotiation Competition Board (1 cr)
  • Representation in Mediation Competition Board (1 cr)