Civil Litigation and
Alternative Dispute


The depth and breadth of the curriculum and experiential-learning opportunities in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution (CLDR) make it one of the nation’s leading programs. Students who choose this concentration may one day join alumni who rank among the most successful judges, litigators, and mediators in the country.

One of UC Hastings’s most valuable assets is its San Francisco location, near courts and seats of government. This is particularly true for the CLDR students who are a mere five-minute walk to places like the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court. Because of our strong ties to successful alumni on the bench, you have the chance to learn trial advocacy from leaders like Associate Justice Carol Corrigan of the California Supreme Court and Judge Teri Jackson of the San Francisco Superior Court. Beyond the judiciary, UC Hastings offers you access to the very thought leaders who are writing textbooks and the leading treatises for this field—faculty like Mary Kay Kane and Richard Marcus.

One of the program’s strengths is student involvement in experiential-learning opportunities. Along with core courses, students participate in clinics and judicial externships, and gain exposure to alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Every year, one-thrid of students take one or more dispute-resolution courses at the UC Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution—which has been regularly recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top-ranked ADR programs in the country.

CLDR students benefit from a winning blend of location, educational and experiential opportunities, and leading scholarship. It is a place to build and hone the general-litigation and dispute-resolution skills that will give your future practice an edge.

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Note: Please refer to the course catalog for current information on concentration requirements. The following outline is intended as a general guideline and therefore may not be the most up-to-date.

Qualifying Courses

Students are required to take not fewer than 14 units of the required courses, and one course from each of the following two groups: (1) Alternative Dispute Resolution and (2) Advanced Advocacy/Clinical Courses.

The list of courses within the categories below is up to date as of the publication of this posting.  New courses are sometimes added to the curriculum subsequent to publication.  Therefore, if a student finds a course in the curriculum not listed, but which the student thinks might count toward concentration requirements, the student should check with the concentration advisor regarding the eligibility of the course to satisfy concentration requirements.

See all CNDR’s courses here.