CNDR Required and Elective Courses

CNDR offers a variety of cutting-edge scholarship to UC Hastings Students.

The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) provides students with a wide variety of dispute resolution courses each semester. And with a strong ADR community in the San Francisco Bay Area, students benefit from numerous opportunities for experiential education through the Mediation Clinic and the ADR Externship Program.

Course Offerings

Check out our Spring 2020 CNDR offerings!

  • Negotiation
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Arbitration
  • Facilitation
  • International Business Negotiation
  • Lie Detection, Emotion, and Mindfulness
  • Mediation
  • Advanced Negotiation: Dealmaking
  • ADR Externship

Elective & Advanced Courses

For a listing of elective and advanced courses, please consult the Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Concentration Page.

Mediation Clinic

Students in the UC Hastings Mediation Clinic learn how to deal with conflict effectively, personally, and regularly. The Clinic serves as the “Mediation Department” for the Superior Court of San Francisco Small Claims Court, offering free and immediate mediation to self-represented litigants who appear for trial.

Student teams also mediate discrimination cases on behalf of the State of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, a well as observe professional mediators in a variety of cases.

In addition, through the Mediation Observation Program, Clinic students have the opportunity to shadow mediation professionals at work in local ADR organizations such as JAMS.

ADR Externships

The ADR Externship Program through CNDR is for advanced dispute resolution students who want an in-depth practical experience and an opportunity for research, process observation, and assessment.

Sample Placements:

  • San Francisco Superior Court
  • The California Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • SEEDS Community Resolution Center
  • Community Boards San Francisco
  • Arts Arbitration and Mediation Service at California Lawyers for the Arts
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California ADR Program
  • San Francisco ACCESS Program
  • United States Deptartent of Justice Community Relations Service
  • Alameda County Superior Court ADR Program

LL.M Students

CNDR works with the Office of International & Graduate Programs to provide the Dispute Resolution and Legal Process LL.M. Specialization for foreign students.

Required Courses

LL.M students are required take either Negotiation & Settlement (3 units) OR Negotiation & Mediation: Process & Practice (4 units) to obtain the Dispute Resolution LL.M. Specialization. Both of these courses provide theoretical background to Alternative Dispute Resolution, with multiple opportunities for interactive learning through role plays, discussions, video presentations and writing assignments. It is recommended that LL.M. students enroll in one of these courses their first semester at Hastings, as they are the prerequisite for many of our elective and advanced courses. LL.M students must take a total of 12 credits for the completion of the specialization.