About Us

Too often, traditional approaches to legal training do not reflect the rapidly changing nature of legal representation and the skills required of young lawyers. Lawyers are seldom asked to win trials these days – they are asked to add value to their clients by negotiating sophisticated deals, anticipating conflicts, counseling decision-makers, and rapidly resolving contentious issues. The lawyer as champion has morphed into the lawyer as problem-solver. The student who used to read cases is now acquiring skills.

In response to this evolution, New York Law School has established Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program. Strategically located in the heart of the financial and legal community, NYLS’ ADR Skills Program enjoys energetic leadership, distinguished advisors, strong champions, and institutional partners of international caliber, promising distinctive contributions to its students, its community, and the legal profession at large.


Graduates of NYLS will enter the legal market equipped with direct experience and practical skills in negotiation and conflict resolution that will distinguish them from their peers and form the foundation for the successful, profitable, ethical and gratifying practice of law.


To provide opportunities for students and the community to acquire skills in negotiating agreements and resolving disputes on rational terms, in accordance with their clients’ interests, and within their clients’ means.

Read about the ADR Skills Program in a recent issue of the NYLS Alumni Magazine.

For students, the Program emphasizes skills and actual experience in negotiating, drafting, mediating and arbitrating deals and conflicts ethically and creatively.

For the legal and business community of New York City and the surrounding region, the Program offers a catalog of CLE programs available at the School or at the site of a company, firm or agency. It further serves as a resource center and a convening facility for speakers, guest lectures, and special events for deal negotiators and conflict managers.

The ADR Skills Program boasts a battery of courses taught by experienced and distinguished scholars and practitioners. An Advisory Committee comprising some of the most renowned figures in the legal, business and ADR community guides the Program to ensure that its activities address the immediate practical needs of the legal and business marketplace.

The New York Law School ADR Skills Program distinguishes its content by emphasizing clinical and experiential, not just doctrinal, training. Graduates holding a Certificate from the Program are better equipped than others to engage in negotiation, mediation and arbitration with real background and confidence.