Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Course


This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict mediation processes. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation) is geared for all professionals who are focused on "interest-based bargaining." This course takes the mystery out of settlement processes and focuses on reaching reasonable solutions.

Topics include: Why Conflicts Escalate, Why Mediation Works, The Mediation Process, The Role of the Mediator, Coming to an Agreement, Problems Encountered in Mediation, Developing ADR Programs for Government, Business and Personal Disputes, and Divorce Settlement Mediation.

Lesson 1: Introduction, History and Origin of ADR-Mediation.

Lesson 2: Techniques for ADR: The Mediation Process & Role of the Mediator.

Lesson 3: Business Disputes, Settlement Issues in the Business Sector, Employment Disputes and Employer/Employee Relationships. Job search strategies and placement possibilities will also be discussed.

Participants will be expected to complete reading and homework assignments and will choose or be assigned project reports that deal with ADR topics. Independent project development is encouraged. Final projects will be presented for grading to The Center for Legal Studies as a prerequisite of course completion.

Tuition: $575.00

NOTE: In order to complete the requirements for the certificate you are required to complete one session in it’s entirety. 


2014 Online Sessions


Session 1

January 13, 2014
February 28, 2014
March 10, 2014
April 25, 2014
May 05, 2014
June 20, 2014
June 30, 2014
August 15, 2014
August 25, 2014
October 10, 2014
October 20, 2014 December 5, 2014


2015 Online Sessions:

  Start End

Session 1

January 12, 2015 February 27, 2015



For Payment Options visit Center for Legal Studies
or call 1(800) 522-7737

Click to view Syllabus or to Order Books Online

Course Books:

Required textbooks for this course:

  • Federal Civil Rules Booklet,, Inc.

Highly Recommended Legal Resources:

  • Oran’s Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition, by Daniel Oran. Clifton Park: Delmar Cengage Learning


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