Lawyering necessarily involves anticipating, avoiding, or resolving a client's legal problems. Often, legal problems have given rise to disputes. These may be resolved by a court or administrative agency through formal legal process. Often, however, lawyers assist clients to resolve disputes through less formal alternatives such as negotiation, mediation or arbitration various forms of "Alternative Dispute Resolution."
Students preparing to represent clients in negotiation, mediation or arbitration are advised to take the courses we offer: Negotiation, Mediation-in-Neutral, Mediation Advocacy, Advanced Decision Analysis and Arbitration. Students are also encouraged to participate in the ABA-sponsored Negotiation and Representation-in-Mediation competitions, conducted through UC Law's Center for Practice and the ADR Club, and to pursue internship, externship, and independent project opportunities under the guidance of our dispute resolution faculty.