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Certificate in Dispute Resolution

The Program on Dispute Resolution offers over 20 courses on various topics in the field, ranging from classic dispute resolution courses like negotiation and our longstanding Mediation Clinic to commercial arbitration and resolving community civil rights disputes. Students who enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours of ADR courses and complete an externship requirement are awarded a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. The Program’s signature course, the Mediation Clinic, is offered every semester. As part of this course, students are able to mediate legal disputes in courts and other venues throughout the Columbus area.

Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

While in law school, selected students can edit and write articles for the award-winning Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. The journal, now in its 36th year of publication, is the official law journal of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution.


Lawrence Negotiation Competition

Each year, students have the opportunity to participate in the Lawrence Negotiation Competition. Students engage in a range of activities, including a targeted workshop or classes designed to assist students understand theoretical concepts and performance skills; speakers, both academics and practitioners, discuss frameworks and strategies for conducting negotiations; and the competition.

Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

Through the generosity of the family of Stanley Schwartz Jr. ’47, the College annually offers a lecture on a dispute resolution topic by distinguished scholars and practitioners. Lecturers have included such preeminent scholars as Josh Stulberg (Moritz), Catherine Rogers (Penn State), Ian Ayers (Yale), Christopher Drahozal (Kansas), Jim Fishkin (Stanford), Larry Susskind (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Francis McGovern (Duke), and Amy Gutmann (Princeton) and such distinguished jurists as Harry T. Edwards and Dorothy Nelson.