Top LLMs for Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: School of Law
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, American Bar Association
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 24
  • Estimated program cost: $18,184.08*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online dispute resolution master’s degree can help you

Modern law practitioners must have knowledge and perspective to advocate both in and out of the courtroom. Develop core skills in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and conflict resolution with some of the nation’s leading dispute resolution scholars and practitioners at the University of Missouri School of Law. Learn from the same highly-ranked faculty that teaches on campus — 100 percent online. Equip yourself with the skills you need to pursue a wide variety of employment and professional activities.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

Jobs for dispute resolution master’s graduates may include

  • Attorney
  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Ombudsman
  • Judge
  • Professor
  • Personnel director

Program structure and topics

The online master’s in dispute resolution is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Students typically take two classes each semester and finish the program in two years.

Course work covers

  • Public policy dispute resolution
  • Dispute system design
  • Non-binding methods of dispute resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Cross-cultural dispute resolution
  • Conflict management
  • Dispute resolution in the digital age

Meet our faculty

Paul Ladehoff

Director of LLM in Dispute Resolution Program

Ladehoff is currently Director of the Campus Mediation Service and is Director of the LLM in Dispute Resolution Program. He is a 1994 graduate of the UNL College of Law and litigated environmental cases for the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to coming to Columbia, he was Executive Director of The Central Mediation Center in Kearney, Nebraska.

Rafael Gely

Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

Gely earned his JD and PhD in labor and industrial relations at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He joins the faculty after 18 years of teaching, including academic positions at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, Chicago-Kent College of Law and most recently at the University of Cincinnati, where he served as the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law.

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