New York Law School Introduces Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program

Curriculum to Focus on Experiential and Clinical Courses

New York (November 7, 2013) – New York Law School will introduce a new Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Skills Program, distinguished by its emphasis on practical experience, beginning in the spring semester 2014, announced Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School (NYLS).  Students who complete the program will receive a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

“Developed with the realities of modern American lawyering in mind, our ADR Skills Program curriculum will emphasize skills and actual experience in negotiating, drafting, mediating, and arbitrating deals and conflicts ethically.  It will prepare our students to intelligently anticipate, avoid, manage, and resolve client disputes in an efficient, timely, and rational manner. Given the costs associated with litigation and the structurally changed legal marketplace, this program will prepare our students for an ever-growing need for ADR services,” said Dean Crowell.

Students entering the program will be exposed to theories of interest-based negotiation and its alternatives, and given opportunities to practice their skills in that field. They will become familiar with the processes of mediation and arbitration and learn the statutory basis for both forms of dispute resolution.  And they will have opportunities for hands-on experience in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration through externships, clinics, the Law School’s Dispute Resolution Team, simulations in class, and programs with practitioners.

“The ADR Skills Program boasts a battery of courses taught by experienced and distinguished scholars. An Advisory Committee comprising some of the most renowned figures in the legal, business, and ADR community will guide our program and ensure that its activities address the immediate practical needs of the legal and business marketplaces,” said F. Peter Phillips, Director of the Dispute Resolution Skills Program at New York Law School.

The Advisory Committee includes: Deborah Masucci ’80 Chair, International Mediation Institute; Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York; James Tricarico ’77, General Counsel, Edward Jones; and Eric Tuchmann ’94, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, American Arbitration Association.

Students must choose four courses from among the introductory courses, which focus on ADR generally, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Thereafter they must take at least one additional course, from among the elective courses or from the introductory courses not taken previously.  The electives offer doctrinal and clinical opportunities in a range of areas. They include mediation and conflict management; dispute resolution; mediation clinic; real estate negotiation and drafting; family court; securities arbitration clinic and seminar; international business transactions; international commercial dispute resolution; and visual persuasion.

The program will also offer services to the legal and business community of New York City and the surrounding region, through a catalogue of CLE and other training programs available at the Law School as well as customized programs delivered onsite for companies, firms, and agencies.  It will serve as a resource center and a convening facility for speakers, guest lectures, and special events for deal negotiators and conflict managers.

“Adjudication (whether by public trial or private arbitration) remains an important aspect of dispute resolution. However, lawyers are increasingly called upon to exercise negotiation skills rather than merely prepare for trial. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program at New York Law School will equip lawyers with the practical skills needed to excel in this environment,” said Kathy Bryan, President and CEO of CPR: the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and an Advisory Committee member for the program.

Learn more about the ADR Skills Program here.

About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the City as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening our doors more than 120 years ago, we have produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Our renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, business and finance law, media and information law, tax law, real estate, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. NYLS has more than 15,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,200 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program and 95 students in its five advanced-degree programs in American business law, financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. Learn more about New York’s law school at www.nyls.edu.