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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Alternative Dispute Resolution (PLG-111)


Varies; self-study format.

Various, distance learning format.
March 2008 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: analyze the advantages and disadvantages of negotiation in a particular situation vis-a-vis taking the dispute to a court of law; assist in strategically determining a client's settlement position in terms of the strengths and weaknesses of the case; explain how a person can generally avoid dangers which arise during negotiation; analyze ethical issues that may arise in negotiation; explain the role of a mediator; analyze the meaning and effect of mediation agreements and how they affect the parties' future rights; explain advantages and disadvantages of arbitration and assist in making the determination of whether it is an appropriate choice for a particular case; research and apply state and federal laws that govern arbitration; take necessary steps to initiate an arbitration proceeding; and explain form and functions of high-low arbitration and how it operates differently from traditional arbitration.


This course provides students with a working knowledge of the basic theories underlying negotiation, arbitration, and mediation. Students learn the important distinguishing characteristics of each of these "alternative" approaches to resolving disputes and also learn how to address the ethical and legal issues which may arise in pursuit of these remedies. In addition to covering current theory on these topics, much of the course is dedicated to hypothetical scenarios and court cases concerning arbitration. Another portion of the course centers on the contracts involved in mediation. Students complete this class with a familiarity of the general workings of these processes from a theoretical and a practical perspective.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Alternative Dispute Resolution or Business Law (1/13) (3/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).