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The University of Missouri School of Law has recently been granted Recognised Course Provider status by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) for four courses in Missouri's juris doctor program: Lawyering, International Commercial Arbitration, Arbitration, and Arbitration and Labor Problems. With this step, Missouri joins a select group of universities from around the world who have been granted course provider status by CIArb. In fact, Missouri is the first and thus far only US law school to be named a Recognised Course Provider for courses offered during the regular academic year. Missouri is also unusual in that it has four different courses to be recognized by CIArb.
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is an internationally renowned provider of training and professional services for arbitrators, practitioners, judges and other interested persons. Founded in 1915 and granted a Royal Charter in 1979, the organization has a global membership of approximately 12,000 persons who have professional training in private dispute resolution. CIArb not only promotes, facilitates and develops private forms dispute resolution, including both arbitration and mediation, it also acts as an international center where practitioners, policy makers, academics and business people can come together to promote cost-effective and early settlement of disputes.
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is unique in the world of arbitration in that it offers a progressive “ladder” of educational opportunities leading to professional designations that indicate increasing levels of competence in arbitration and/or mediation. After receiving the appropriate training, individuals may be designated as Associates (ACIArb), Members (MCIArb), Fellows (FCIARb) or Chartered Members. CIArb designations are available in several different specialty areas, including mediation, arbitration and international arbitration.
For years, CIArb conducted all of its training itself, primarily out of its headquarters in London. Recently, however, the organization created the Recognised Course Provider program, which allows courses offered by certain authorized providers to count toward CIArb educational requirements. Among other things, this approach allows more geographic diversity in course offerings. Recognized providers offer programming to law students and/or practitioners that is on par with programs developed by CIArb itself.
After a rigorous review process, the University of Missouri School of Law has been granted Recognised Course Provider status for four courses in its juris doctor program. The first-year Lawyering course satisfies the requirements for introductory level training for CIArb Associate status in Arbitration while International Commercial Arbitration satisfies requirements for introductory level training for CIArb Associate status in International Commercial Arbitration. Two Missouri courses - the Arbitration seminar and the Arbitration and Labor Problems seminar - satisfy the requirements for Module 2 relating to CIArb Membership status in Arbitration.
Students who complete even one module of recognized training are awarded student affiliate status with CIArb. As such, students are entitled to receive CIArb student newsletters for free for the remainder of their law school career and can access the various educational materials posted on CIArb's website. Because every incoming law student at Missouri is required to take Lawyering upon enrollment, every student at the Law School will soon be entitled to these benefits by his or her second term of law school. Although any law student in the world may join CIArb at the student affiliate rate, Missouri's participation in the Recognised Course Provider program means that any Missouri law student who takes a recognized course is exempted from paying CIArb student affiliate fees.
Student benefits continue even past graduation. Although Missouri alumni will be not be able to claim student affiliate status once they are no longer in school, Law School graduates can climb the CIArb accreditation ladder more quickly and more economically by using credits from Missouri's recognized courses to “waive out” of those particular educational requirements when seeking professional level qualifications through CIArb.
Questions regarding the University of Missouri's involvement in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' Recognised Course Provider program can be referred to Professor S.I. Strong. Professor Strong, who holds MCIArb status, teaches two of Missouri's recognized courses (Lawyering and International Commercial Arbitration) and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' North American Branch.