Dispute Resolution Program
Loyola is committed to training graduates in the skills they need to thrive in our changing legal landscape. The Dispute Resolution Program gives Loyola law students tools to resolve conflict using negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and related processes. (These mechanisms are collectively known as alternative or “appropriate” dispute resolution or “ADR”.) As the costs of trials and pre-trial discovery continue to escalate, and as clients become more sophisticated users of legal services, more cases are being resolved through ADR and fewer are going to trial.
Possession of solid and comprehensive dispute resolution skills gives attorneys an edge, whether in representing a client in a mediation or arbitration, negotiating a deal in a business or government setting, or settling a case.
The Loyola Dispute Resolution community is vibrant and growing. A faculty of more than thirty full-time and adjunct professors, made up of well-known scholars, mediators, arbitrators and attorneys, contribute by teaching, tutoring and coaching. As Loyola is located in downtown Chicago, numerous alumni also come back on a regular basis to help students practice their skills by serving as tutors, judges in mock mediations and negotiations, and guest speakers. Loyola also frequently hosts international dispute resolution competitions, symposia, and other events.
The program offers thirteen different courses in dispute resolution, ranging from international commercial arbitration to collaborative family law. The newest addition is a course in electronic discovery that incorporates the cooperation principles promoted by the Sedona Conference. Most Loyola dispute resolution courses are experiential, with students acquiring skills through role-playing in simulations.
Students are also given the opportunity to put the skills they acquire into practice by participating on Loyola’s highly regarded teams in national and international dispute resolution competitions, in externships, and by representing actual clients in mediations at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission through the newEEOC Mediation Advocacy Project.