Program on Dispute Resolution

The Moritz College of Law is home to one of the nation’s finest Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs.

The Program on Dispute Resolution (PDR) trains future lawyers in an array of processes other than litigation, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. The importance of dispute resolution methods is increasing as courts explore other means of solving the volume of cases before them and client seek out ways to avoid litigation. The program also emphasizes the value of designing dispute resolution systems tailored to the needs of public and private institutions.

All law students should consider enrolling in at least one PDR course. Those with an especially strong interest can serve as a member or editor of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution or as a research assistant to one of the law faculty teaching in this area.

The Moritz College of Law offers unparalleled opportunities for students to study dispute resolution issues.

  • Ten law faculty regularly offer courses in dispute resolution, and six other faculty offer a unit on negotiation, mediation, or arbitration within another course offerings.
  • Law students who complete 15 credit hours in ADR courses and satisfy the externship requirement are awarded a Certificate in Dispute Resolution upon graduation.
  • In the Mediation Clinic, one of the nation’s longest running clinics, students mediate actual disputes in local court systems.
  • Students edit and write articles for the award-winning Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, which is the journal of record for the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution.
  • Students participate as research assistants on public policy initiatives involving dispute resolution processes.
  • Nationally prominent scholars and practitioners deliver lectures and symposia on critical dispute resolution issues.
  • Students participate in arbitration, mediation advocacy, and negotiation competitions regionally and nationally.
  • Students work on their own and with faculty mediating disputes at The Ohio State University and in public schools in Franklin County.
(from left) Coach Marya Kolman, Amy Factor, Madalyn Fairbanks, and coach Dottie Painter.

Coach Marya Kolman, Amy Factor, Madalyn Fairbanks, and Coach Dottie Painter at Nationals in Miami.

The Program on Dispute Resolution congratulates second year students Amy Factor and Madalyn Fairbanks for their second place finish in the 2014 National ABA Representation in Mediation Competition!