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An Introduction to ADR for Lawyers

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The Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the various methods and principles of resolving disputes outside of traditional litigation. ADR has gained significant recognition as an effective means of resolving conflicts in a more collaborative, efficient, and cost-effective manner.

Throughout this course, students will explore the fundamental concepts, techniques, and practices of ADR, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate and engage in alternative dispute resolution processes. The course covers a range of ADR methods, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and hybrid processes, allowing students to develop a well-rounded understanding of the field.

Key Topics Covered:

Introduction to ADR: Understanding the concept, scope, and significance of ADR as an alternative to traditional litigation. Exploring the historical and cultural contexts that have contributed to the rise of ADR.

Negotiation: Exploring the principles, strategies, and techniques of negotiation. Examining various negotiation models and approaches to achieve optimal outcomes in different scenarios.

Mediation: Understanding the mediation process and its role in resolving disputes. Studying the mediator’s role, ethical considerations, and effective communication techniques in facilitating productive negotiations.

Arbitration: Analyzing the principles and procedures of arbitration as a binding method of dispute resolution. Examining the advantages, limitations, and enforcement of arbitration awards.

Hybrid Processes: Exploring innovative and emerging ADR methods that combine elements of multiple processes, such as med-arb, arb-med, and mini-trials. Assessing their benefits and potential challenges.


This course has been designed by practicing lawyers and accredited ADR specialists.


Unit 1: An introduction to ADR

Unit 2: Negotiation as an ADR method

Unit 3: Mediation as an ADR method

Unit 4: Arbitration as an ADR method

Unit 5: Hybrid ADR methods

Unit 6: Why lawyers should consider ADR for their clients

Unit 7: Practical tips.


No prior knowledge is required.


By the end of the course, students will have a solid foundation in ADR. They will understand the advantages, limitations, and ethical considerations associated with each method.


Law Students: Law students seeking to broaden their knowledge beyond traditional litigation and explore alternative methods of resolving disputes will find this course valuable. It provides them with insights into ADR processes that can complement their legal education and enhance their problem-solving skills.

Legal Professionals: Practicing lawyers, attorneys, and legal professionals who wish to expand their skill set and offer clients a wider range of dispute resolution options can benefit from this course. It equips them with the knowledge necessary to consider ADR methods for on-going disputes.

Business Professionals: Professionals working in the business sector, such as managers, executives, and entrepreneurs, will find this course valuable in understanding how ADR can be applied to resolve conflicts within their organizations.

Human Resources Personnel: HR professionals responsible for managing workplace conflicts and facilitating resolutions can gain valuable insights from this course. It provides them with a foundation in ADR processes within their organizations, fostering a more harmonious work environment.



Following completion of this course, students will be in a position to:

Unit 1: An Introduction to ADR 

  • Understand what ADR is and the different types of ADR
  • Appreciate the difference between ADR and traditional litigation
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of ADR.

Unit 2: Negotiation as an ADR method.  

  • Define what negotiation is and what it entails.
  • Understand the essential characteristics of negotiation.
  • Appreciate what each model of negotiation entails.
  • Appreciate the skills required for effective negotiation.

Unit 3: Mediation as an ADR method.  

  • Define and understand what mediation is
  • Understand the process and steps taken during a mediation
  • Understand the role of the mediator in the process
  • Understand the role of the parties in the mediation
  • Appreciate the role of mediation in real life scenarios.

Unit 4: Arbitration as an ADR method.  

  • Define arbitration and understand what it is
  • Understand the benefits of arbitration
  • Understand the different types of arbitration
  • Understand the arbitration process and general rules.
  • Understand how to prepare for arbitration.

Unit 5: Hybrid ADR methods. 

  • Understand what Hybrid ADR is.
  • Understand the benefits of hybrid ADR
  • Appreciate the real life examples of hybrid ADR in practice.

Unit 6: Why lawyers should consider ADR for clients.

  • Appreciate the advantages of ADR
  • Appreciate the advantages of ADR for lawyers
  • Understand the ethical considerations in ADR.

Unit 7: Practical Tips.

  • Understand the importance of educating clients
  • Understand the importance of analyzing accessibility and suitability
  • Understand the importance of informing the client
  • Understand the importance of customization and collaboration,