Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate

Faulkner Law offers a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to its law students.  The certificate program’s course work teaches knowledge and skills across the ADR spectrum, empowers students to identify various dispute resolution options for clients, and equips students to mediate basic civil disputes and draft mediated settlement agreements.

Required courses for the ADR Certificate


This course is a study of the principles and attendant laws governing the commercial arbitration process.

Dispute Resolution Processes

The course explores the theory and practice associated with the major non-litigated forms of dispute resolution (e.g., negotiation, mediation and   arbitration).

Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation

This course covers the interviewing and counseling of clients, developing and weighing client options and negotiating on behalf of clients.

Mediation Clinic

The Mediation Clinic, which includes a minimum of twenty (20) hours of general civil mediation training, is a clinical course that requires students to co-mediate, under appropriate supervision, in Alabama District courts.  This clinic meets the educational requires of the Alabama State Bar Center for Dispute Resolution for eligibility for the state mediator roster.

While students have flexibility in the sequence of completing these courses, the law school recommends that students complete the courses in the following sequence:

  1. Dispute Resolution Processes
  2. Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation
  3. Arbitration
  4. Mediation Clinic

Registration for the Certificate

Students who would like to complete the ADR Certificate program should register their intent to complete the certificate by filling out the Registration of Intent to Complete the Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR Certificate) Form. May graduates who intend to earn the ADR Certificate must register using this form by March 15 of their final semester. December graduates who intend to earn the ADR Certificate must register using this form by November 15 of their final semester. Earlier registration will better facilitate course planning and advising.