The primary focus of those working with the ADR Center is education. In 2016, the ADR Center received the Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award for excellence in ADR pedagogy. Additionally, four of our ADR faculty have received the law school's Orlando J. Hollis teaching award and two have received the University of Oregon's Ersted Award for distinguished teaching.
The ADR Center supports courses and clinics in the law school, in the Conflict & Dispute Resolution Master's Degree (CRES) program, in the LLM program, and in the Undergraduate Legal Studies program. We offer a concentration for J.D. students in ADR. We deliver and co-sponsor periodic trainings for students, UO staff, and community members.
The law school offers a full slate of ADR courses, including Negotiation; Mediation; Arbitration; ADR Strategies for Litigation; ADR Survey; Dispute Systems Design; Federal Judicial Settlements; Interviewing and Counseling; and Race, Gender, Bias, and Law. All of these courses (except Race, Gender, Bias, and Law) qualify as skills courses and as experiential courses. (Race, Gender, Bias, and Law can count as a writing course, however.) Check with your professor if you would like more information about skills or experiential learning.
To view the University of Oregon Course Catalog, click here. Law students may also cross-register for many graduate classes in the CRES Program (course information here). Students who want to concentrate in ADR or build an interdisciplinary course of study should consider our Dispute Resolution Concentration and concurrent degree programs.
Small Claims Mediation Clinic. After completing a 32-hour basic mediation training, students spend one morning each week in a local small claims court, helping disputants search for non-litigation solutions to their problems. (not offered yearly; see catalog for more information)
Interested in further ADR-related research? Talk to an ADR faculty member about opportunities to work on the faculty member's current research or to develop the student's own research plan. Former students have, for example, worked with ADR faculty on research involving restorative justice; negotiation pedagogy in international contexts; and conflict resolution in schools. Additionally, J.D. students who want to complete their writing requirement on an ADR-related topic are welcome to approach an ADR faculty member for supervision. In appropriate cases, the faculty member may sponsor an independent study for the student. Finally, the ADR Center regularly sends out information on ADR student writing competitions.