Explore Appropriate Dispute Resolution

Facilitating negotiations, deals, and group decision-making


Conflict is a natural part of life—and individuals, organizations, and communities can only succeed if they have the skills to effectively manage disagreements effectively.  

You will learn critical skills to resolve dispute through Oregon Law's nationally-ranked (#6 in the U.S.) Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center. Hands-on experience will help you facilitate negotiations, deals, and group decision-making.With a strong emphasis on identifying the most appropriate way to resolve a dispute—which sometimes requires litigation and other court procedures—ADR at Oregon Law teaches the breadth of resolution options available while  keeping the client's needs and circumstances at the forefront. 

Careers | Coursework | Faculty | Skills | Professional Development | Extracurriculars


Common Careers

•  Lawyer
•  Settlement Judge
•  Arbitrator
•  Mediator
•  Ombudsperson
•  Human Resources Professional
•  Community Relations Professional


Selected ADR Coursework


FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Torts 
•  Contracts 
•  Civil Procedure
•  Constitutional Law I
•  Criminal Law

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Required and recommended bar prep courses
•  Business Associations
•  Constitutional Law II
•  Evidence
•  Mediation
•  Alternative Dispute Resolution Survey
•  Arbitration
•  Environmental Conflict Resolution

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  Required and recommended bar prep courses
•  Commercial Law
•  Legal Profession
•  Federal Judicial Settlements
•  Negotiation
•  Race, Gender, Bias and Law
•  The Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

In addition to required and recommended bar prep courses, we suggest that you consider taking classes from the ADA curriculum.

Learn more about elective offerings from our Master's Degree Program in Conflict Resolution.

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Core Faculty


Jen Reynolds
Mediation and negotiation specialist
with a focus on the civil justice system


Michael Moffitt
Dean of Oregon Law, internationally-accomplished
conflict management consultant
and well-known dispute resolution author


Liz Tippett
Dispute resolution expert with a
special interest in employment law
and corporate litigation


OTHER ADR FACULTY
Judge Tom Coffin
Erik Girvan
Tom Lininger
Mike Tedesco
Merle Weiner

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Practical Skills Training

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Legal Research and Writing (It's the #4 program in the country!)


SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Mediation Clinic
• Interview & Counsel
• Nonprofit Clinic
• ADR Externship 

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Litigation Practice and Procedure
• Probate Mediation Clinic
• Trial Practice

PRACTICAL SKILLS FACULTY
Elizabeth Frost
Megan McAlpin
Joan Rocklin

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Professional Development 

At Oregon Law, we take your future seriously. As a law student, you will take a required professional development seminar your first year, and you will receive individualized, tailored professional development coaching from a professional who will guide you to make strong career choices throughout your time at Oregon Law. 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Professional DevelopmentSeminar
•  Explore ADR practice areas
•  Meet with career counselor
•  Join UO Law Linkedln group
•  Apply for summer internships

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Narrow career exploration to specific employers/locations
•  Seek out networking opportunities
•  Apply for summer externships

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  Apply for jobs and post-JD opportunities

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ADR Extracurriculars

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Participate in Basic Mediation Training
•  Participate in Public Policy Collaborative Governance Facilitation Training
•  Join Oregon ADR Student Group

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Participate in workshops, symposia, conferences and prominent guest visits hosted by ADR Center
•  Participate in Moot Court negotiation competition
•  Participate in Probate Mediation Training

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Join the ADR section of the Oregon State Bar as a student member

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