Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist Certificate Program

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Help parties resolve dispute without trial.

Program Overview: 

Alternative dispute resolution has significantly expanded over the last several years to include many areas in addition to the traditional commercial dispute form of arbitration. In fact, mediation has become an important first step in the dispute resolution process with arbitrators and mediators playing essential roles in resolving disputes. In this certificate program, you learn how to have a neutral approach in order to reconcile differences before proceeding to arbitration (binding and non-binding) or litigation including hearing evidence and deciding cases. Each course includes instructor guidance, exercises, quizzes, chapter reviews, lecture notes and other innovative online learning tools. See required courses and electives to choose from below:


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Contract or Constitutional law


Once you have begun this program, you will work with your instructor to determine which elective course fits best with your particular area of interest. You will choose one of the following electives:

  • E-Discovery
  • Legal Ethics
  • Laws of Evidence
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Constitutional Law
Who Should Enroll: 
  • Experienced paralegals or individuals with prior legal education needing or wanting specialized legal training in alternative dispute resolution law
  • We recommend that applicants have one of the following in order to be optimally successful in this course:
    • certificate or degree in paralegal studies
    • combination of a college degree in any area of study and at least one year of legal experience
    • foreign law degree or some law school experience
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Understand the role of alternative dispute resolution in legal system utilizing real case examples.
  • Learn skills and best practices needed to be a successful mediator throughout the interview process.
  • Acquire new or enhanced your knowledge in topic areas including mandatory and binding arbitration.
  • Learn pre-arbitration hearing tasks, how to conduct a hearing and preparing decisions.
Additional Information: 

Tuition does not include the cost of required textbooks. The online book link is provided to students once they are enrolled in the program. The books vary from course to course but average anywhere from $45 to $160 per book. However, used books are often available.

This course is not available for college credit.

Continuing Education Hours: 
Continuing Education Units: 12.0 CEUs
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At A Glance

Students have 6 months from the date of registration to complete the program.
Online Self-paced
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