Alternative Dispute Resolution

Overview: The Lawyer as Problem Solver

Clients come to lawyers for help in making deals and resolving disputes. Often, lawyers who are trained only to litigate will miss opportunities to compromise or agree when it would best serve their clients.

To become effective problem solvers, contemporary lawyers need to be trained as negotiators, mediators, and arbitrators. These methods, together called Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), have become more important and more sophisticated in recent years. Lawyers can help clients identify their goals and can assist in the search for imaginative solutions that "make the pie bigger," allowing clients to achieve their primary objectives efficiently. Columbia Law School offers students top-quality preparation for work as problem-solving, value-enhancing lawyers.

Columbia Law School offers one of the most comprehensive ADR programs in the nation. The rich curriculum, taught by faculty members and practitioners, includes a hands-on mediation clinic that bridges theory and practice; a negotiation workshop; the renowned Deals course; and conferences, seminars, and workshops that bring to campus the nation's leading dispute resolution experts.