Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
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.
Questions to CNDR@uchastings.edu or 415.581.8941
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.
Students are required to take not fewer than 14 units of:
Civil Litigation Concentration Seminar (1 or 2)
Civil Procedure II (3), Federal Courts (3), or Constitutional Law III: The Federal Judicial Power (3)
Evidence (3 or 4)
Trial Advocacy I (2) or Trial Advocacy (Intensive) (4)
And one course from each of the following two groups: (1) Alternative Dispute Resolution and (2) Advanced Advocacy/Clinical Courses.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar (2)
Negotiation & Mediation: Process & Practice (4)
Negotiation & Settlement (3)
ADR Externship (5-6)
Civil Justice Clinic (Individual) (8)
Civil Justice Clinic (Mediation) (6)
Environmental Law Clinic (8)
Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (6)
Judicial Externship (6 or more)
Trial Advocacy II (2 or 3)
Additional courses from required lists I and II may count as electives with the permission of the concentration advisor.
Administrative Law (3)
Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution: Conflict, Emotion, Mindfulness, and “Lie Detection” Seminar (3)
Advanced Evidence Seminar (2)
Advanced Legal Research (3)
Advanced Negotiation: Art of the Deal (2 or 3)
Advanced Negotiation: Multi-Party, Multi-Issue & Group Processes (4)
Appellate Advocacy (2)
Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Remedies (3)
California Appellate Process (3)
Constitutional Law III: The Federal Judicial Power (3)
Consumer Transactions (3)
Disability Law (2)
Dispute Systems Design (2)
Domestic Violence Law (3)
Effective Representation in Mediation (1)
Empirical Research & the Civil Rulemaking Process Seminar (2)
Employment Discrimination (3)
Facilitation for Attorneys (1)
Federal Courts (3)
Federal Income Taxation (3 or 4)
Federal Pretrial Litigation (2)
Financial Basics for Lawyers (2)
Insurance (2 or 3)
Intellectual Property Under State Law: Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility (2)
International Negotiations Dispute Seminar (2)
Judicial Elections & the Role of the Judiciary in American Democracy (2)
Judicial Externship (maximum of 3 units count as elective; may not be used as elective if used as required course)
Judicial Process Seminar (2)
Judicial Settlement Conference (1)
Legal Ethics: Practice of Law (3)
Litigating Class Action Employment (2)
Mass Justice Seminar (2)
Patent Litigation (2)
Personal Injury Litigation (2)
Pre-Trial Practice (2)
Problem Solving & Professional Judgment in Practice (3)
Professional Responsibility (2)
Roles & Ethics in Practice (4)
Science in Law Seminar (2)
Scientific Method for Lawyers (3)
Tax Procedure (3)
Trial Objections (2)
CNDR works with the Office of International & Graduate Programs to provide the Dispute Resolution and Legal Process LL.M. Specialization for foreign students.
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.