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Dispute Resolution Program

Certificate in Dispute Resolution

Difficult problems resist simple solutions. In an increasingly complex world, dispute resolution offers a way through complexity to resolution. For 30 years, Vermont Law School has been a leader in dispute resolution education, teaching the negotiation, mediation, and arbitration skills that empower lawyers to create valuable solutions outside the courtroom for their clients.

VLS now offers a Certificate in Dispute Resolution for VLS students. Leaders from the nation's top dispute resolution programs teach a robust slate of courses with an emphasis on experiential learning. The certificate requires 15 credits with a grade of B or above in designated courses (see below). Students take classes during the academic year or in a more intensified format in the summer, completing the program with a practicum. Certificate courses may also be used to satisfy course requirements in the VLS JD, MELP, and LLM degree programs.


Required Courses:

Certificates will be awarded to students who satisfy the following requirements:

1. Competency - 9 Credits

A. Choose One: Alternative Dispute Resolution (3) or Environmental Dispute Resolution (3)

B. Choose One: Arbitration (2) or International Commercial Arbitration (2) or International Investment Arbitration and the Environment (2)

C. Take Four Credits From this List:
l. Negotiation (2)
ll. Mediation (2)
lll. Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation (3)
lV. Dispute Resolution Clinic l (4)

2. Writing - 2 credits

A. Choose One: Independent Research (2) or Advanced Dispute Resolution Writing Seminar (2)

3. Practicum - 4 credits

A. Choose One: Dispute Resolution Clinic l (4) or ADR6490 Externship in Dispute Resolution (4) or an equivalent clinical experience (4) (Other VLS clinical experience courses may not be substituted for any course listed above.)

Complete course descriptions


For more information call or email Ashley Closterman, Program Coordinator, at 802.831.1264 or