Dispute resolution: Online master’s degree
Master of laws in dispute resolution (LLM)
Courses for this program are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.
Successful completion of the program requires 24 credit hours of course work. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise.
Online courses may require synchronous sessions. Please refer to myzou.missouri.edu for course availability and details.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
Required Courses (12 credit hours)
|Law 6905 LL.M. Arbitration Seminar||X|
|Law 6935 Dispute System Design||2020|
|Law 6945 Non-Binding Methods of Dispute Resolution||X|
Law 6930 Major Research
Law 6920 LL.M. Externship
Elective Courses (12 credit hours)
|Law 5917 Dispute Resolution in the Digital Age||2020|
|Law 5849 Public Policy Dispute Resolution||2020|
|Law 5450 Conflict/Conflict Management||2020|
|Law 5485 Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution||2021|
Other electives available with adviser approval
In your final semester, you may choose the major research project course or externship course. You must complete the three required courses – Law 6905, Law 6935 and Law 6945 — prior to enrolling in one of the culminating courses. Work with your adviser to decide which culminating course is right for you.
Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 12 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The MU School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. See the ABA Official Guide to Law Schools. The School of Law is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools.
How to apply
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- Completed law degree or advanced degree with three years dispute resolution experience.
- U.S. applicants must have satisfied the requirements for the JD degree, preferably at an ABA-accredited law school.
- International applicants must have completed the first degree in law (JD, LLB or equivalent) required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued.
- U.S. applicants with an advanced degree outside law and at least three years of experience related to dispute resolution may be admitted under an “experience exception” to the law degree requirement. The LLM Admissions Committee will consider, among other things, academic performance and awards, quality of the degree-granting institution, dispute resolution coursework, training, or competitions and professional memberships and experience. See the examples below of students admitted under this exception to the law degree requirement:
- Master of arts in intercultural communication with four years of experience providing training, mediation, and facilitation through a community dispute resolution center;
- Master of divinity with 18 years of experience resolving conflicts in marriages, among staff, within the congregation and in the community;
- Master of arts in management with 19 years of experience as an advocate in managed care and with training and experience in civil and divorce mediation;
- PhD in English with 10 years of experience resolving faculty conflicts as a department chair and associate dean;
- Master of arts in public policy and significant experience with a Public International Law and Policy group.
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 in law program and a 3.0 GPA for work completed in any additional graduate or advanced degree program.
- GRE or LSAT scores are not required.
- If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. The LLM program prefers TOEFL scores around 100.
Mark your calendar
Send in your application in time.
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Gather your papers
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- Statement of purpose describing your academic and career background and goals.
- Résumé or CV.
- TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
- Two letters of recommendation from two people who are well-acquainted with your academic experience and can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. At least one of these letters must come from a professor or other academic official. You will supply only the names and contact details of your references; the Graduate School will instruct them on how to upload their letters to your application.
Complete the online application
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Upload the above documents in the online application.
- Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
- Academic Program: Dispute Resolution-Distance (LLM)
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)
For information about academic issues or course content, please contact
This program is administered by the School of Law.