The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is a nationally unique feature of the Law School. The Center was created to respond to the needs of lawyers and others to understand various methods of preventing and resolving disputes. To fulfill such a goal, the Center sponsors inter-disciplinary research, conferences and the Journal of Dispute Resolution. In addition, the Center fosters the inclusion of alternative methods of preventing and resolving disputes in law school curricula through the development of teaching materials and participation in conferences. It seeks to collaborate with lawyers and other dispute resolution practitioners and scholars and with organizations that have related goals.
The Center was created in 1984 upon the initiative of the Faculty and Dean of the University of Missouri School of Law and with the approval of the Board of Curators. The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution will provide national leadership in this rapidly developing area of the law. It also houses the LLM program in Dispute Resolution which began in the fall of 1999.
The Journal of Dispute Resolution is a student-edited, academic journal published on a bi-annual basis by the University of Missouri School of Law in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. The Journal was established in 1984 and is recognized as the leading legal publication in the area of alternative dispute resolution. The Journal contains articles written by nationally prominent authors and students on a wide variety of topics in the rapidly developing field of dispute resolution. The Journal is composed of second and third year students who contribute written works and assist in the editing and publication process. An Editorial Board composed of third year students edits all written work and coordinates the publication process.
Journal membership provides the student more than an added advantage when seeking employment. Participation on the Journal affords the student the unique opportunity to sharpen her research, writing, analytical, management and leadership skills. The lawyer’s tool is advocacy. Participation on the Journal offers the student a national academic forum to advocate or critique a professional or legal position related to the expansive field of alternative dispute resolution.