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. 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 and in doctrinal courses. Pretrial Practice & Settlement—which introduces students to interviewing, counseling, and negotiation in the context of pleadings, discovery, motion practice, and settlement—has been one of the most popular courses in the upper-class curriculum for more than three decades. The law school currently offers 14 sections per year. Among recent graduates, 90% took more than one upper-level ADR course, 70% took two or more upper-level ADR courses, 40% took three or more upper-level ADR courses, and 20% took four or more upper-level ADR courses. The current curriculum includes the following courses:

Introductory NDR Courses  

  • Negotiation
  • Introduction to U.S. & Comparative ADR Processes

NDR Core Courses  

  • Pretrial Practice & Settlement—14 sections/year
  • Mediation Theory & Practice—4 sections/year
  • Employment & Civil Rights Mediation Theory & Practice
  • Family Mediation Theory & Practice
  • Multi-Party & Public Policy Dispute Resolution Theory & Practice
  • Business Planning & Drafting: Fundamentals of M&A Transactions
  • Arbitration Theory & Practice
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Securities Law: Litigation & Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Sports Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation
  • Entertainment Law: Planning, Drafting & Negotiation
  • Trial Practice & Procedure – 2 sections/year
  • Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic—2 sections/year
  • International Justice & Conflict Resolution Externship—2 sections/year
  • Advanced Negotiation Theory Seminar

NDR Related Courses  

  • Business Planning & Drafting: Fundamentals of M&A Transactions
  • Game Theory & the Law Seminar
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy – 2 sections/year
  • Organizing, Coalition Building & Lobbying – 2 sections/year
  • ABA Representation in Mediation Competition