Alternative Dispute Resolution Concentration

Master of Legal Studies

Learn about the Online MLS with a concentration in Alternative Dispute Resolution Concentration.

The University of Arizona College of Law’s Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is a thirty-unit degree program pursued on a full-time or part-time basis, in person or online. The MLS is designed to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of a broad spectrum of professionals whose work or research involves regulations, negotiations, or legal issues.  These include professionals in the compliance industry, legislative affairs, research, education, law enforcement, human resources, labor relations, insurance, court services, among many other areas. Prior to the MLS degree, such professionals had very few opportunities to gain legal knowledge and skills without completing the three-year, full-time Juris Doctor curriculum.   

Specifically, the MLS Program allows professionals and graduate students to:

  • Gain both general and specialized knowledge of the U.S. legal system specific to their areas of interest. 
  • Learn the process of legal analysis by examining cases, laws, and regulations related to their specific interests. 
  • Further their ability to think and communicate critically about legal issues that affect a broad spectrum of career fields.
  • Gain familiarity with contemporary legal issues facing the U.S. and the world.
  • Learn the practical and theoretical implications of the law and legal process as it affects their area of interest.
  • Conduct legal and interdisciplinary research relevant to their area of interest. 
  • Develop skills to communicate in writing and orally about such issues.
  • Think critically about solutions to issues in a variety of fields that take into account legal and interdisciplinary factors.

On top of all this, the ADR Concentration will also allow professionals and graduate students to:

  • Understand the various non-litigational processes used to resolve disputes, including negotiations, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the law, including ethical requirements, for each process.
  • Develop skills to build trust and rapport in an interview and counseling setting.
  • Reflect on their natural orientation and preferred approaches to non-litigation dispute resolution.
  • Practice applying the skills they have learned in these various settings.
  • Evaluate and select the best ADR method needed for particular issues.
  • Select the best goal for their particular problem.


* Indicates courses offered in person and/or online

Required Courses (16 UNITS)

  • LAW 501* - Procedure (3 units)
  • LAW 502A* - American Common Law System I (3 units)
  • LAW 502B* - American Common Law System II (3 units)
  • LAW 504* - American Public Law System (3 units)
  • LAW 507* - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (3 units) 
  • LAW 562* - Introduction to ADR(1 credit)

Elective Courses (14 UNITS)

Up to 6 non-LAW units may be taken. Although not all courses are offered every semester, a list of possible electives can be found on the course schedules pages. Availability of non-LAW electives is at the discretion of the offering college or department and may incur additional costs. Additional electives may be approved by the program director.

  • LAW 556* - Family Law (3 credits)
  • LAW 562A- Workplace Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
  • LAW 562B- International Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
  • LAW 565A* - Interviewing and Counseling (2 credits) 
  • LAW 565B- Mediation (3 credits)
  • LAW 645G* - Advanced Negotiation (3 credits) (listed as LAW 695 for Fall 2021)
  • LAW 680D* - Family Law Mediation (3 credits)  (listed as LAW 695 for Fall 2021)