Careers in Alternative Dispute Resolution

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          Embarking upon a career in Alternative Dispute Resolution can be difficult for new attorneys. Research, informational interviewing and volunteering are all advised in your pursuit of an ADR career.

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          In addition to volunteering, teach, coach and judge at local law schools and business schools. Conduct an in-house negotiation or ADR training at your workplace. Join the board of a non-profit ADR organization or a bar association ADR committee. Build towards your ADR career by finding a legal job that involves hands-on negotiation and mediation representation. Consider collaborative law as a practice. Construct a law practice specialty in which you would eventually like to land an ADR job. Attend ADR conferences.

          Fellowship Opportunities

          Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Langdon Fellow

          The Langdon Fellow at Ohio State University holds a two-year appointment and works closely with the college professors who teach in the alternative dispute resolution field; acts as the clinical supervisor for two mediation classes per academic year (one in the fall, one in the spring), and also has opportunities to teach in the classroom. As clinical supervisor, the Fellow supervises students mediating at Franklin County Municipal Court or at the City of Columbus Night Prosecutor Mediation Program on afternoons and/or evenings, as well as identifying and overseeing other mediation observation opportunities for students. The Fellow also plans a weekend training session for students each semester. In the classroom, the Fellow attends class sessions for the medication practicum, facilitates discussions of issues presented in mediated cases, and lectures on subjects agreed on by the professor and Fellow. The Fellow also assists the Faculty Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution with programmatic planning and advising dispute resolution certificate students, as well as coaching the law school negotiation competition teams. The Fellow will have time during the fellowship, particularly in the summer months, to focus on his or her own research preferably in the area of dispute resolution. During the second year of the fellowship, the Langdon Fellow may opt to teach up to three (3) credits in the dispute resolution curriculum, to be agreed upon between the Fellow and the Faculty Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution. 

          Requirements: J.D.; significant experience in mediation preferably as both a mediator and a trainer; 2-5 years out of law school and be interested in a career in academia.