Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Course

Train to develop or participate in the conflict mediation process

Flexible 100% online class

24/7 course accessibility

Complete in just 7 weeks

Text Only format available through select partners

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About this course

This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict resolution techniques. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. This course takes the mystery out of settlement processes and focuses on reaching reasonable solutions. Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

SHRM Recertification Provider

CLS by BARBRI is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM

45 Professional Development Credits

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Class format

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For over 40 years, CLS has provided students with flexible and effective legal education through a variety of formats catered to a busy life. All formats are designed and updated to remain on pace with the current industry, and are taught by working professionals. Whether you prefer to learn 100% online around your schedule, or at your own pace via our text-only format, we have an option for you.

No matter which option you choose, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Course offers you a high-quality education by providing the fundamental skills you will need to succeed in your career.

This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict resolution techniques. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and nontraditional dispute resolution options. Specific attention will be given to Arbitration, Summary Jury Trials, Mediation, Mini-Trials and Moderated Settlement Conferences.

  • View the Course Syllabus
  • Review the material as many times as necessary for full retention of the information.
  • Student benefits from direct interaction with the instructor and other students by way of email and a discussion board.
  • Student has 7 weeks to complete the online course.
  • Student emails assignments and exams.
  • Once registered, your password and access information will be sent on the first day of class.

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This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict resolution techniques. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and nontraditional dispute resolution options. Specific attention will be given to Arbitration, Summary Jury Trials, Mediation, Mini-Trials and Moderated Settlement Conferences.

  • View the Course Syllabus
  • Student mails or emails assignments and take-home exams.
  • Review the material as many times as necessary for full retention of the information.
  • Questions can be directed to the instructor via a toll-free number and via email.
  • Provides 30 hours of reading and writing assignments.
  • Student may start the course at any time and has a maximum of six months to complete the ADR Certificate Course.

Highly Recommended Legal Resources:

  • WESTLAW legal research access, only $89. Please call 1-800-522-7737 for more information. Order online

Course details

Learning outcomes

Participants will learn negotiation skills and how to select the most cost-effective and least-intrusive ADR method to achieve the most positive result for both parties. Topics include The History of ADR, The Art of Negotiation, The Mediation Process, Arbitration, Other Forms of ADR, and Labor Relations and Collection Bargaining.

Career outlook

Whether you are a paralegal, business professional or HR executive, it’s important for you to stand out in your field and broaden your knowledge. Improve your marketability and increase your earning potential by getting qualified to develop or participate in the conflict mediation process, negotiations or settlements. Learn more.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a High School Diploma or GED to take CLS courses?

CLS courses are designed for adult students and are taught on a college level. Minimum requirements to take any of our courses are a high school diploma or GED, and to be 18 years of age prior to enrollment.

Can I get financial aid?

Traditional financial aid (Pell grants, Stafford Loans, etc.) usually do not apply to these courses due to their continuing education status. Please view our Payment Options information to explore possible options.

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CLS allowed me to get my certificate from the comfort of my own home and I loved that I could choose which main university the certificate would be coming from as well. Thank you for the positive experience!

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— Jodi B.

The feedback from the online instructors and the CLS administrative staff was excellent! This was one of the most important factors for me since it is an online program. The online element of the CLS program is convenient, efficient and, to an certain extent, personalized to fit anyone’s particular needs.

— Josh M.

I enjoyed the CLS program because it was flexible, practical, and educational. All objectives were clearly laid out each week and I learned so much from all the reading and assignments. You work hard for your grades and it definitely pays off.

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The online courses are great and convenient. They are perfect for someone working part or full-time.

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