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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. 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 Research Paper.

Program Requirements Overview

Program Schedule

Total credits needed: 36

Note that students without a law degree are required to take Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies in their first term.

Courses Course Code Status Number of Credits
Introduction to Dispute Resolution ALDR 6300 Required 6.0 credits
The Theory and Practice of Dispute Resolution ALDR 6301 Required 6.0 credits
Advanced Conflict Resolution Workshop ALDR 6309 Elective 6.0 credits
Creativity and Collaboration in Practice: Essential Skills for the 21st Century Practitioner ALDR 6307 Elective 6.0 credits
Culture, Diversity and Power in Dispute Resolution ALDR 6302 Elective 6.0 credits
Dispute Analysis and Process Design ALDR 6306 Elective 6.0 credits
Dispute Resolution in the Digital Age ALDR 6303 Elective 6.0 credits
Independent Significant Research Paper ADLR 6848 Elective 3.0 credits
Major Research Paper: Dispute Resolution ALDR 6308 Elective 6.0 credits
Non-Adversarial Resolution to Family Disputes ALDR 6127 Elective 6.0 credits
Teaching, Training and Coaching in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution ALDR 6299 Elective 6.0 credits

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