This program, offered entirely online and with instruction in Spanish, provides students in the Master of Public Administration (Maestria en Gerencia Social – MGS) in UniMinuto, the opportunity to complete the LLM in Dispute Resolution (LLM in DR) offered by the University of Missouri School of Law, in an abbreviated format. By accepting nine credit hours from MGS coursework, students will be able to complete their Missouri’s LLM in DR by taking just 15 additional credit hours.
In addition to the fund of knowledge acquired in the MGS regarding conflict resolution in the public and non-profit sectors, students choosing to pursue the LLM in DR will deepened their understanding of the dispute resolution process (e.g., mediation, negotiation, dialogue process, and arbitration). That knowledge will allow graduates to participate in dispute resolution processes in various capacities, including helping others in dealing with conflict, act as third-party neutrals, and as dispute system designers.
The program is 100 percent online – no campus visits are required. The courses are offered in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous formats. All courses will be offered in Spanish.
To complete the LLM in DR, students will complete five courses at the University of Missouri. Among the courses which might be offered are:
- Non-binding Methods of Dispute Resolution* (3 credits)
- Dispute System Design* (3 credits)
- Arbitration* (3 credits)
- Cross-cultural Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
- Dispute Resolution in the Digital Age (3 credits)
- Conflict and Conflict Management (3 credits)
- Dialogue Processes (3 credits)
- Major Research Project/Capstone Course* (3 credits)
*An asterisk indicates a required course for the LLM in DR.
Students enrolled in online programs, typically take two to three classes each semester, thus, a student who have already completed the MGS should be able to complete the LLM in DR in two or three semesters.
The program might be completed sequentially or concurrently. In either case, students should consult with the academic advisors about the sequencing and selection of courses. On an individual basis and in consultation with the Director of the LLM in DR, students might be allowed to take courses offered in English as part of the traditional LLM program.
Students applying to the program in UniMinuto will complete the admissions process to the MGS program. Students will also complete a separate application for the LLM in DR program. The application form is available here.
The admission requirements for the LLM in DR are:
- Applicants must have met the requirements for admissions and be enrolled in the MGS program at UnMinuto. Graduates of the MGS program will be able to apply directly to the LLM in DR program.
- Applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in the MGS program with a minimum GPA of 4.0. (In the case of students who have completed the MGS with a lower average, the University of Missouri may discuss specific cases in its admissions committee).
- Applicants must provide a resume.
- Applicants must demonstrate interest in the area of conflict resolution.
- Applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in English as measured by a score of 61 on TOEFL, 6.0 (or 5.5) on IELTS, 50 on PTE, 95 on Cambridge C1 Advanced or 85 on Duolingo. Applicants who are unable to meet the minimum English proficiency requirement are advised to contact the LLM in Dispute Resolution Program Office to explore possible options.
Admission to the LLM in DR will be reviewed by the University of Missouri.
Tuition and Fees
Each university will set their own tuition and fees. The University of Missouri will set tuition at the graduate student residential rate for the university at large. For the 2023-2024 Academic Year that tuition is $500 per credit (or $1500 for a 3 credits course). (Courses taken in English will be subject to a different tuition schedule).
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The MU School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. The School of Law is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools.
For more information about the program, contact Rafael Gely, +1 (573-882-8084) or firstname.lastname@example.org.