Skip to main content


  • Eight law faculty regularly offer courses in dispute resolution, and six other faculty offer a unit on negotiation, mediation, or arbitration within another course offering.
  • 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.
  • In the Dispute System Design Workshop, students work with outside clients to design customized systems for addressing disputes.
  • 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, including the annual Schwartz and Lawrence Lectures.
  • Students participate in arbitration, mediation advocacy, and negotiation competitions regionally and nationally, including the annual Lawrence Negotiation Competition.
  • Students work on their own and with faculty mediating disputes at The Ohio State University and in public schools in Franklin County.