One of the most common criticisms of alternative dispute resolution is that ADR prioritizes peace at the expense of justice. Here at Oregon Law's award-winning and nationally-ranked ADR Center, we believe that there can be no peace without justice -- but that pursuing justice often requires creative, collaborative, alternative approaches. The ADR Center, therefore, emphasizes the importance of working toward social justice through alternative processes and innovative research.
Oregon Law is nationally known for its profound and long-standing commitment to alternative dispute resolution. For the past seven years, the law school's Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top ten of law school dispute resolution programs. Oregon Law maintains its national reputation in ADR in two ways: one, by focusing on social justice in the larger community; and two, by providing our students with an outstanding educational experience. In 2016, the ADR Center received the Ninth Circuit's ADR Education Award for excellence in ADR pedagogy.
Of Oregon Law’s twenty-nine tenure-line faculty members, five of those faculty members (including the dean of the law school) teach ADR courses. For such a small faculty, this represents a significant investment in dispute resolution study and practice. Oregon Law prides itself on providing students with excellent teaching, skills-based learning opportunities, and a rich, diverse ADR curriculum.
At Oregon Law, we believe that law school is not an ivory tower. Most of our students come to Oregon Law with a passion for public service and a commitment to cooperative, creative problem solving. The Oregon Law ADR Center and faculty help these students work on real-world problems, with an emphasis on social justice and positive change, both inside and outside the classroom.
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