Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate

Schedule: Open Enrollment/Self-paced
     Hours: 8 per course
     Courses: 5 courses, 1 day each
     Course Access: 2 months/class
Cost: $300 per class

Individual CEU and MCLE Credit available.

Note: (1) Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) refers to the required continuing education hours for individuals working in the legal field, such as lawyers and paralegals. (2) To apply please fill out the Extended Learning Courses application

Program Overview

The Alternate Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Professional Certificate offers a condensed version of National University’s globally recognized ADR Academic Certificate. The program has been designed to provide accredited continuing education hours and MCLE credit for a number of professions, including, but not limited to, Attorneys, Paralegals, and Law and Conflict Management specialists.

To obtain the professional certificate the student is required to complete five self-paced, eight-hour courses addressing the fundamentals of ADR including an overview of ADR, Conflict Diagnosis & Management, Negotiation Fundamentals, and Mediation & Facilitation.

Each course contains two four-hour sessions which include a written lecture with links to further information related to the subject matter, an audio power point lecture, a review exercise and an examination. Each course has been approved for 6 hours of MCLE credit.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, the student will:

  • Define the concept of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Describe the various processes of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Inform clients of the appropriate process for engaging Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Examine and diagnosis sources and elements of conflict
  • Manage conflict in an Alternative Dispute Resolution setting
  • Construct a successful negotiation strategy
  • Establish mediation and facilitation processes


5 courses; 4 CEU’s/30 hrs MCLE

There are no pre-requisites for any of the courses or the certificate. To obtain the Professional Certificate, all five courses (40 hours) must be completed. If the student prefers, each course may be taken for 8 hours of continuing education and 6 hours of MCLE certification.

ADRX 8000X ADR Part I
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

This is a two-part survey course focused on the introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution processes.  In ADR Part 1, the student will be exposed to the history of ADR in the United States and its application in a global setting, including ADR in other cultures. The student will receive an overview of such ADR processes as Negotiations, Mediation, Arbitration, Facilitation and Hybrid processes.

ADRX 8005X ADR Part II
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

This introductory course is the second of two courses which will provide students with a broad understanding of ADR. The courses will cover Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration how each is used, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The course utilizes role plays, simulations, and case studies.

ADRX 8010X Conflict Diagnosis & Mgmt
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

This course will explore workplace, interpersonal and team conflict dynamics and methods for effective communication in such conflict situations. Participants will learn communication skills for resolving such conflicts for themselves, between others and within a team or group, and strategies for preventing or defusing rising conflict. Additionally, participants will learn how to integrate conflict resolution into various organizational cultures.

ADRX 8015X Negotiation Fundamentals
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

An introductory interactive course designed for students and the business professional to develop the verbal and analytical skills required to perform effectively as a negotiator in conflict situations. Students will participate in negotiating exercises, and learn different negotiating techniques through simulations, videos, and case studies.

ADRX 8020X Mediation & Facilitation
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

An introductory interactive course designed for students and business professionals to develop the skills required to perform effectively as a mediator. Students will be introduced to different mediation styles such as facilitative, transformative, and evaluative methods. The course utilizes negotiating principles, videos, and case studies.