Mizzou Law to launch online LL.M. in dispute resolution

Getting a LL.M in dispute resolution from a top program just got a lot easier.  All you need is a computer and internet. And you're golden. The University of Missouri School of Law is starting an online master’s in dispute resolution and is now taking applications. The program in dispute resolution has consistently ranked among the top nationally.

The offering is geared toward lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and dispute resolution professionals of all types. “The MU School of Law was one of the first U.S. law schools to offer a master of laws focused on dispute resolution,” said Rafael Gely, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at Mizzou. “Offering a fully online master of laws in dispute resolution is in-line with the school’s innovative approach to education.”

The new online option offers students flexibility in their schedules as well as future career opportunity. Phillip Blevins, an attorney licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey, is looking forward to the program becoming available online this fall.

“With the LLM program coming online, I’m going to be able to virtually take any class I could take in Columbia regardless of where I’m at,” Blevins said. “The program at Mizzou is designed to foster opportunities for growth. I’ve got high ambitions to become a judge or professor one day. This program helps me develop a niche and a specialty that will open doors for me in the future.”

Modern law practitioners are expected to be results-oriented, peak performers, and the new online master of laws (LL.M.) in dispute resolution prepares students for just that.

“We have been producing successful negotiators since our center began in 1984,” said Paul Ladehoff, director of the LL.M. program. “The profession is in high demand and our program prepares graduates to work in many settings, not just the courtroom or boardrooms.”

Problem-solvers, as Ladehoff labels the graduates of his program, are needed in all areas of business, corporate relations and personal interactions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the profession will see a 10 percent employment growth through 2026.

Although the program is fully online, it is not isolating — small classes allow students to interact with colleagues in various professional settings. Students also have the opportunity to network with some of the most prolific dispute resolution instructors and scholars in the country.

The online master of laws in dispute resolution program is 100 percent online: No campus visits are required. Students who take two classes each semester can finish the program in two years. The program is currently accepting applications for the fall semester, with classes beginning in August 2019.

To learn more about the online dispute resolution LL.M from Mizzou, click here.