Dispute Resolution Careers

Explore options for a career in dispute resolution

The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) is UC Hastings’ home for all things dispute resolution. When looking for a career in the ADR field, it’s important to start finding places you can meet people, get experience, and start using your skills. Many people start by taking basic and advanced mediation trainings, and joining 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 (private or state and federal courts)
  • Omsbudsperson (organizational/workplace)
  • Facilitator (meetings)
  • Conflict coach
  • Negotiator
  • Conflict resolution trainer
  • Judge/commissioner
  • 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

 

How Do I Start Getting Involved?

We created a sampling of the many local organizations and groups that specialize in dispute resolution, places where you can start volunteering or get connected with other ADR professionals.

From nonprofit community mediation programs to the courts and private practitioners, the San Francisco Bay Area in particular has a strong ADR community with many opportunities to learn and get involved in dispute resolution.

How Do I Start Getting Involved?

We created a sampling of the many local organizations and groups that specialize in dispute resolution, places where you can start volunteering or get connected with other ADR professionals.

From nonprofit community mediation programs to the courts and private practitioners, the San Francisco Bay Area in particular has a strong ADR community with many opportunities to learn and get involved in dispute resolution.

Where Do I Apply?

CNDR has collected some job listings sites for the ADR field. Tip for job searching: ADR can take many forms, so be sure to get creative and search many different job posting keywords such as “mediation,” “ADR,” “alternative dispute resolution,” “conflict resolution,” “negotiation,” “omsbuds,” “arbitration,” and “facilitation.”

We also encourage you to think outside the box and consider any place where there are interpersonal interactions, or systems/cultures where conflict may occur. People who are go-betweens or work with the general public are using ADR skills in their careers daily. Also consider local nonprofits or government agencies from the resource list above, or higher education – like CNDR and UC Hastings.

Where Do I Apply?

CNDR has collected some job listings sites for the ADR field. Tip for job searching: ADR can take many forms, so be sure to get creative and search many different job posting keywords such as “mediation,” “ADR,” “alternative dispute resolution,” “conflict resolution,” “negotiation,” “omsbuds,” “arbitration,” and “facilitation.”

We also encourage you to think outside the box and consider any place where there are interpersonal interactions, or systems/cultures where conflict may occur. People who are go-betweens or work with the general public are using ADR skills in their careers daily. Also consider local nonprofits or government agencies from the resource list above, or higher education – like CNDR and UC Hastings.

Where Else Should I Look?

Explore and apply to dispute resolution organizations and jobs directly. There are many more opportunities and employers out there, this is just a sampling, so do not stop here!

Where Else Should I Look?

Explore and apply to dispute resolution organizations and jobs directly. There are many more opportunities and employers out there, this is just a sampling, so do not stop here!