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Dispute Resolution

Program Overview

This LLM program was formerly known as Alternative Dispute Resolution.

This highly lauded two-year, part-time Professional LLM program balances theory and practice to create a unique learning experience. Students will have the chance to step outside the existing limitations of traditional conflict resolution processes and explore new approaches to resolving disputes. Students will also 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.

Degree Requirements

The degree requirements will be satisfied upon the completion of 36 credits. There are two options for completing this degree:

Option 1: Coursework and Major Research Paper [36 credits]

  • The required courses for Dispute Resolution [12 credits];
  • Additional 18 credits of elective courses from within the DR specialization
  • A Major Research Paper [6 credits]; and
  • Advanced Legal Research Workshop. Please note that this will not count towards the 36 credits required to complete the degree.

Option II: Coursework Only [36 credits]

  • The required courses for Dispute Resolution [12 credits];
  • Additional 24 credits of elective courses, at least 18 of which must be from within the DR specialization
  • A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as a means of evaluation for one of the DR required courses or related electives.

Program Format

This cutting-edge and comprehensive LLM combines theory and practice in a series of intensive courses (typically four and a half consecutive days including one Saturday). Lectures are enhanced with class discussion and role-playing scenarios. Classes must be attended in-person in Toronto. All required and elective courses are 6 credits each.

Note: Faculty, curriculum, course descriptions and degree requirements are subject to change without notice.


Advanced Dispute Resolution

Culture, Diversity and Power in Dispute Resolution

Dispute Analysis and Process Design

Introduction to Dispute Resolution

Major Research Paper: Dispute Resolution

Teaching, Training and Coaching in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution

The Theory and Practice of Dispute Resolution

Program Start Date

Fall 2017

Program Schedule

Program Director(s)

  • Leslie H. Macleod - Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and Founder, Leslie H. Macleod & Associates
  • D. Paul Emond -

    Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School


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Email: admissions-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

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