Explore options for a career in dispute resolution
The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) is UC Hastings Law’s home for all things dispute resolution. When looking for a career in the ADR field, it’s important to find places you can meet people, get experience, and start using your skills. Many people start by taking basic mediation trainings, joining committees or groups, or volunteer mediation programs in the local courts or at nonprofits.
See some below for resources related to ADR careers, and please also refer to Hastings’ Career Development Office for more resources.
Types of careers and fields to consider in dispute resolution:
- Private practice mediator/arbitrator/neutral
- ADR case manager/administrator/program director (private, nonprofit, state and federal courts)
- Omsbudsperson (organizational/workplace)
- Facilitator (meetings)
- Conflict coach
- Conflict resolution trainer
- Special Master
- Academics (Professor or educational staff at a university with and ADR program)
- Human resources
- Family law
- Labor management/unions
- Community or nonprofits
- International or diplomacy
Professor Scott Dodson, Director of the UC Hastings Center for Litigation and Courts, interviews two mediators about their careers in dispute resolution. Howard Herman is a Hastings Adjunct Professor, JAMS mediator and arbitrator, and former ADR Program Director of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. The Hon. Richard Flyer (ret.) is a mediator with ADR Services, and served as a civil judge for 20 years.
A blog celebrating stories of individuals who started out their professional careers in the ADR field. Hear about the paths they followed, the advice they received, the challenges they faced, and the accomplishments they achieved. (From Co-Director and Clinical Professor of Law, Alyson Carrel, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center on Negotiation and Mediation.)
The Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA)’s “How I Made It” is an informative and entertaining webinar series that features discussions with a wide range of mediation professionals who have established successful and profitable dispute resolution based practices. The series is intended to provide viewers with accessible and actionable tips to help them grow and enhance their practice and join the ranks of those who “Have Made It”!