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.

Students earning a certificate in dispute resolutionVLS 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:

Competency - 9 Credits


  • Choose One: Alternative Dispute Resolution (3) or Environmental Dispute Resolution (3)
  • Choose One: Arbitration (2) or International Commercial Arbitration (2) or International Investment Arbitration and the Environment (2)
  • Take Four Credits From this List:
    • Negotiation
    • Mediation
    • Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation
    • Dispute Resolution Clinic l


Writing - 2 credits


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


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.)


How to Apply:

For more information, contact Sean Nolon, Director: snolon@vermontlaw.edu.