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Dispute Resolution

Program Overview

This highly lauded specialization balances theory and practice to create a unique learning experience. Students have the chance to step outside the existing limitations of traditional conflict resolution processes and explore new approaches to resolving disputes. Students will explore: underlying causes of conflict among people and organizations, examine the methods available to resolve conflicts, learn to function more effectively when resolving conflict as a representative or a neutral, and improve their analysis, problem-solving and negotiation skills.

Who is the Specialization for?

  • Law graduates with legal work experience or a strong demonstrated interest in dispute resolution.
  • Professionals without a law degree who have at least five years of relevant senior work experience and wish to develop an advanced academic and practical understanding of dispute resolution for professional purposes.

Specialization Structure

The Dispute Resolution specialization is designed to be highly interactive and immersive, as such, required courses are scheduled as 4-5 day intensive sessions  with in-person attendance (video conferencing is not available in this specialization). A new cohort begins each Fall in which and students are required to travel to Toronto once per term (twice in the first term) to complete courses. Students can complete their degree requirements exclusively through course work or through a combination of course work and a Major Research Paper.

Degree Requirements Overview

Total credits needed: 36

Note that students without a law degree from a Canadian institution are required to take Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies in their first term. For detailed degree requirements see Student Handbook.

Courses Course Code Status Number of Credits
Introduction to Dispute Resolution LAW 6300P Required 6.0 credits
The Theory and Practice of Dispute Resolution LAW 6301 Required 6.0 credits
Advanced Dispute Resolution LAW 6309P Elective 6.0 credits
Culture, Diversity and Power in Dispute Resolution LAW 6302P Elective 6.0 credits
Dispute Analysis and Process Design LAW 6306P Elective 6.0 credits
Major Research Paper: Dispute Resolution LAW 6308P Elective 6.0 credits
Teaching, Training and Coaching in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution LAW 6299P Elective 6.0 credits

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