This program, offered entirely online and with instruction in Spanish, provides students from Universidad Monteávila Programa de Estudios Avanzados en Arbitraje (PREAA) 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 PREEA 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 PREAA regarding the arbitration process, students choosing to pursue the LLM in DR will learn about other dispute resolution process (e.g., mediation, negotiation, dialogue process). That knowledge will allow graduates to participate in dispute resolution processes in various other capacities, including serving as advocates, third-party neutrals, and 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*
- Dispute System Design*
- Cross-cultural Dispute Resolution
- Dispute Resolution in the Digital Age
- Conflict and Conflict Management
- Dialogue Processes
- Major Research Project/Capstone Course*
*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 PREAA 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 Universidad Monteávila will complete the admissions process to the PREAA 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 PREAA program at Universidad Monteávila. Graduates of the PREAA program will be able to apply directly to the LLM in DR program.
- Applicants must have completed a law degree with a minimum of the equivalent of a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0. (In the case of students who have completed the PREAA 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 will have the option to take an English as a Second Language course offered by the University of Missouri. The applicant will bear the cost of the course. The course will not be considered part of the number of hours required to complete the required number of hours for the LLM in DR program.
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 2022-2023 Academic Year that tuition is $435.30 per credit hour. (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 email@example.com.