CNDR Academics

CNDR offers a variety of cutting-edge courses and scholarship to UC Law SF Students.

The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR) provides students with a wide variety of dispute resolution courses each semester. And with a strong ADR community in the San Francisco Bay Area, students benefit from numerous opportunities for experiential education through the Mediation Clinic and the ADR Externship Program.

The vast majority of CNDR’s courses have 16 students or fewer, and focus on building practical skills through experiential learning. Core courses immerse students in both the theoretical and practical aspects of dispute resolution, and teach the skills and law necessary for sophisticated legal practice.

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CNDR Courses

CNDR offers a variety of dispute resolution courses from experienced professors:

  • ADR Externship
  • Advanced Dispute Resolution: Complex Multiparty Processes
  • Advanced Negotiation: Dealmaking
  • Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar
  • Culture and Negotiation
  • Effective Representation in Mediation
  • Facilitation for Attorneys
  • International Business Negotiation
  • International Commercial Arbitration Seminar
  • International Negotiation and Dispute Settlement
  • Lie Detection, Emotion, and Mindfulness
  • Mediation
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Negotiation & Mediation: Process & Practice
  • Negotiation & Settlement
  • Online Dispute Resolution
  • Problem Solving and Professional Judgment
  • Restorative Justice

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UC Law SF Full Course Catalog

Mediation Clinic

Students in the UC Law SF Mediation Clinic learn how to deal with conflict effectively, personally, and regularly. The Clinic serves as the “Mediation Department” for the Superior Court of San Francisco Small Claims Court, offering free and immediate mediation to self-represented litigants who appear for trial.

Student teams also mediate discrimination cases on behalf of the State of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, a well as observe professional mediators in a variety of cases.

In addition, through the Mediation Observation Program, Clinic students have the opportunity to shadow mediation professionals at work in local ADR organizations such as JAMS.

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ADR Externships

The ADR Externship Program through CNDR is for advanced dispute resolution students who want an in-depth practical experience and an opportunity for research, process observation, and assessment.

Past placements have included local superior courts, nonprofit community mediation programs, and federal courts.

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Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Team

With tryouts held each fall, the UC Law SF Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Team (ADR Team) provides students with opportunities to develop and practice their negotiation and mediation skills on a regular basis throughout the school year competing on teams against other schools nationally and internationally.

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Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Concentration

The concentration allows students an opportunity to prepare for a career in ADR through core classes and numerous advanced electives. For a complete listing of qualifying elective and advanced courses, please consult the Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Concentration Page.

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LL.M Specialization

CNDR works with the Global Programs to provide the Dispute Resolution and Legal Process LL.M. Specialization for foreign students.

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MSL Specialization

The Dispute Resolution Specialization allows MSL students to build and hone their dispute-resolution skills. MSL students specializing in dispute resolution benefit from working closely with CNDR. Learn more about the Masters of Studies in Law Program.

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Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab is a practical, interactive certificate hosted by CNDR, and focused on professional skills building. For current UC Law SF students only.

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons is collaboration between the Career Development Office (CDO) and the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR). Creative Commons is a regular series of events throughout the school year, designed for current UC Law SF students that focus on using creative tools to develop lawyer skills through experiential learning. Past topics include poetry, storytelling, improv, and drawing.

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Healthy Conflict Resolution: A Certificate Training for Student Leaders

The shift to online learning has impacted how we communicate with each other. Much is lost when we are not face to face, and misunderstandings can happen easily. Law school is an opportunity to practice bringing differing viewpoints together, instead of diverging. This interactive two-part certificate workshop that tackles the ways we communicate with each other, and how we can more effectively engage in difficult conversations for mutual benefit. We will discuss tools and practice techniques you can use to improve your interactions and deepen understanding.

In partnership with Student Services. For Current UC Law SF Student Organization Leaders Only.

Academic Advising

CNDR offers academic advising on ADR classes for UC Law SF students. Contact us at to set up an appointment, or drop in to our offices at 198 McAllister, Suite 230.

ADR Student Scholarships

CNDR offers special scholarships for currently enrolled UC Law SF students passionate about dispute resolution. More info and how to apply on Sharknet. Questions to

The Sheila Purcell ADR Summer Scholarship

From 2012-2022, Clinical Professor Emerita and former Director Sheila Purcell led CNDR to numerous awards, helped maintain its position in the top ten ADR programs in law schools, and helped expand its international reputation. In recognition and celebration of her contributions to UC Law SF and CNDR, alumni donors established a student scholarship honoring Professor Purcell. The Sheila Purcell ADR Scholarship will support students pursuing summer opportunities through ADR internships.

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The Francis E. McGovern Scholarship for ADR

Francis E. McGovern was an adjunct professor, and beloved member of our community. He was not only a wonderful colleague, but also a gifted teacher and extraordinary scholar. Professor McGovern was a well-known court-appointed special master and mediator, who worked tirelessly to help resolve many high-profile cases. The Francis E. McGovern Scholarship for ADR was created to honor Professor McGovern and support a continuing UC Law SF student affiliated with CNDR in a strong, continuing manner, and engaged in ADR in an exceptional capacity during their time at UC Law SF.

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