Dispute resolution

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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of laws in dispute resolution


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

School of Law

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, American Bar Association

Credit hours


Estimated cost


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

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Career prospects

Jobs for dispute resolution master’s graduates may include

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

Program structure

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 includes

  • 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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

2 classes per semester


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. The School of Law is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Faculty spotlight

Paul Ladehoff

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 Mizzou, he was executive director of the Central Mediation Center in Kearney, Nebraska.

Paul Ladehoff
Program Director
Ilhyung Lee

Lee specializes in the fields of international dispute resolution, and law and society in East Asia. He earned his JD from Boston College Law School and has experience in private practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore (New York) and Kim & Chang (Seoul, Korea). Lee has taught law across the world — from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, to Cornell University and Pepperdine University in the U.S.

Ilhyung Lee
Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

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This program is administered by the School of Law