Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program

Professor Karen Tokarz
Professor Karen Tokarz

Washington University School of Law is a long-standing leader in negotiation and dispute resolution education. At Washington University, we believe that lawyers must be versed in negotiation, problem-solving, collaboration, and creative dispute resolution to practice successfully in today’s world. 

Washington University’s innovative Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program is directed by Karen Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law and Public Service, an expert in dispute resolution and clinical education, and respected civil rights mediator, who regularly teaches courses in Negotiation and Mediation. In addition to Tokarz, the faculty includes Professor Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, a nationally recognized scholar on procedural justice and law and psychology in the context of dispute resolution, who teaches Negotiation, Advanced Negotiation, and Law & Psychology; Professor Ann Shields, a former civil litigator, who teaches Negotiation and coordinates the Pretrial Practice & Settlement course; and other full-time and part-time faculty members with expertise in negotiation, arbitration, mediation, business, economics, game theory, and international human rights. [view Faculty]

Professor Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff
Professor Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff


Required First-Year Negotiation Course

Washington University provides an introductory Negotiation course for all first-year law students—one of the few law schools in the country to provide this opportunity. This required intersession course, taught by full-time faculty, introduces first-year students to negotiation theory and practice while enhancing their understanding of professional identity, judgment, and ethics. “Negotiating is a key skill for lawyers in almost every area of practice,” Hollander-Blumoff says. “By teaching students to approach negotiation through careful, critical analysis, we provide them with a skill set that makes them more effective across the board. I am delighted that we are able to introduce all of our first-year students to some of the basic analytical tools of successful negotiation.”

 

 

Domestic and International Experiential Learning Opportunities in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

The school's robust Negotiation & Dispute Resolution curriculum includes Arbitration Theory & Practice; Business Negotiation; Employment & Civil Rights Dispute Resolution; Family Mediation; Introduction to US & Comparative Dispute Resolution; Investor-State Arbitration; Mediation Theory & Practice; Multi Party & Public Policy Dispute Resolution; Entertainment Law, Planning & Negotiation; Intellectual Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Real Estate Drafting & Negotiation; Securities Litigation & Arbitration; Sports Law, Planning & Negotiation; Pretrial Practice & Procedure; and Trial Practice & Procedure.

Employment Mediation Class

Washington University upper-level students may participate in clinics, externships, and internships (non-credit) in which they engage in negotiation and dispute resolution in domestic and international venues, including:

  • Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic (housing court mediations, mortgage foreclosure negotiations, and consumer mediations at the Better Business Bureau) [view article
  • International Justice & Conflict Resolution Semester Externship (full-semester externships with agencies and courts overseas, such as the U.N. Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Ghana Supreme Court ADR Programme)
  • Global Public Interest Law Fellows (10-week summer internships with agencies and courts overseas, such as the Beijing Arbitration Commission, Legal Aid Society of South Africa, International Labour Organization in Tanzania, and Search for Common Ground in the Democratic Republic of Congo) [view article]

The Negotiation & Dispute Resolution program collaborates with the award-winning Clinical Education Program, Trial & Advocacy Program, and Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute to provide students with an outstanding legal education. 

Professor Ann Shields
Professor Ann Shields

Law School Launches Master of Laws Degree in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Fifteen graduate students are enrolled this fall in the law school’s new Masters of Laws (LLM) program with a concentration in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution (NDR), along with one Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) student and one Masters in Legal Studies (MLS) student, who are concentrating in NDR. The new LLM degree program joins the law school’s existing LLM programs in Intellectual Property & Technology Law, Taxation, and U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers, and an online program in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers, @WashULaw. The NDR LLM students hail from the U.S., Australia, China, France, Kenya, Micronesia, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

“The addition of an LLM program in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution demonstrates our commitment to the principles of negotiation, problem-solving, collaboration, and creative dispute resolution and practice,” says Karen Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service and director of the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program. “Today, negotiation and mediation, not litigation, are the principal modes of dispute resolution in virtually every legal field in virtually every country in the world. Our LLM in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution will prepare graduates for careers as skilled negotiators, advocates, mediators, arbitrators, diplomats, ombudspersons, policymakers, and business leaders in local, national, and international arenas.”

“We are thrilled that our new LLM graduate program has attracted so many applicants in its first year. ” adds Tokarz, a highly respected civil rights mediator, who teaches Negotiation, Employment Mediation, the Community Justice & Mediation Clinic, and the International Justice & Conflict Resolution Externship. Other law faculty who teach in the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution curriculum include Professor Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, a nationally recognized expert on procedural justice, who teaches Negotiation, Advanced Negotiation, and Law & Psychology; Professor Ann Shields, a former civil litigator, who teaches Negotiation and coordinates the Pretrial Practice & Settlement course; Professor C.J. Larkin, an adjunct faculty member, who teaches Negotiation and Introduction to U.S. & Comparative Dispute Resolution; and full-time and part-time faculty members with expertise in negotiation, arbitration, mediation, business, economics, game theory, and international human rights [NDR faculty].  


LLM students will be able to take advantage of the law school’s extensive curriculum in negotiation and dispute resolution. LLM students also may take negotiation and dispute resolution courses in the Olin School of Business and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. 

Full-time students may complete the LLM with a concentration in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution in one year or less, with a part-time option also available. For more information on the law school LLM programs, go to http://law.wustl.edu/adr/index.aspx?id=1169, or contact Michael Koby, Associate Dean, International & Graduate Programs, koby@wulaw.wustl.edu, 314-935-7557.

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Hosts Annual Scholarship Roundtables

Washington University School of Law is a leading source for negotiation and dispute resolution scholarship through the annual “New Directions in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution” scholarship roundtables, hosted by the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program, in conjunction with the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. The scholarship roundtables bring to the law school academics and practitioners at the forefront of negotiation and dispute resolution scholarship, teaching, and practice from around the world, with the goal of generating cutting-edge scholarship in the field. The roundtables are open to LLM Negotiation & Dispute Resolution students. 

 
New Directions in Global Dispute Resolution
, the product of the fall 2013 scholarship roundtable, is now on-line (volume 45) and features the following authors and articles: 

  • Charles Craver (GW) - “How to Conduct Effective Transnational Negotiations between Nations, Nongovernmental Organizations, and Business Firms” 
  • Ken Fox (Hamline) - “Mirror as Prism: Reimagining Reflexive Dispute Resolution Practice in a Globalized World” 
  • Mary Anne Noone & Lola Akin Ojelab (LaTrobe) - “Ethical Challenges for Global Mediators: An Australian Perspective” 
  • S. I. Strong (Mo) - “Beyond International Commercial Arbitration? The Promise of International Commercial Mediation” 
  • Nancy Welsh (Penn State), Andrea Kupfer Schneider (Marquette) & Kathryn Rimpfel (Penn State) - “Using the Theories of Exit, Voice, Loyalty, and Procedural Justice to Reconceptualize Brazil’s Rejection of Bilateral Investment Treaties” 

The Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program will be hosting its next scholarship roundtable Thursday and Friday, November 6-7, 2014, focused on “New Directions in Social Entrepreneurship, Community Lawyering & Dispute Resolution,” in conjunction with the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work & Social Capital. Papers will be published in the spring 2015 volume of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. . Groundbreaking volumes of ADR scholarship from earlier roundtables include New Directions in ADR & Clinical Legal Education (volume 34), New Directions in Restorative Justice (volume 36), and New Directions in Negotiation & ADR (volume 39), as well as multiple volumes focused on Clinical Education and Access to Justice, several of which address negotiation and dispute resolution issues. All volumes can be accessed here

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Student Competitions


Washington University students have benefited greatly from and achieved remarkable success in negotiation and dispute resolution skills competitions over the past 25 years. Washington University has won the national championships in the ABA Client Counseling and ABA Negotiation Competitions, and Washington University teams have finished second, third, fifth, and seventh in the nation since first entering the highly competitive ABA Representation in Mediation Competition seven years ago. Law students also participate in the 1L/LLM intraschool competitions in client interviewing/counseling and negotiation.

First-Year Law Students (intraschool) 

Upper-Level Students (interschool) 

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Sponsors Speakers, Trainings, and Continuing Legal Education; Post-Graduate International Stipends Open Doors into Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Practice

The Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program sponsors speakers, trainings, and lectures each year. In conjunction with U.S. Arbitration & Mediation Midwest Inc. (USAM), the Program provides three Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs each academic year. These programs are open to all students, staff, and faculty, as well as the wider legal community. On occasion, the law school Career Services Office and USAM have provided post-graduate stipends for graduates with demonstrated interest in pursuing a career international ADR. Recent graduates have interned with a township school in South Africa, a law firm in China, and an environmental NGO in Chile.

Contact Information:

Karen Tokarz
Director, Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program, and Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service
phone: (314) 935-6414
email: tokarz@wulaw.wustl.edu  

Mailing Address:
Washington University School of Law
Campus Box 1120
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899