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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Alternative Dispute Resolution - LawShelf Educational Media

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences


Various (self-study, self-paced).


June 2021 - Present. 


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the goals of alternative dispute resolution and the advantages of various ADR mechanisms over litigation; distinguish between the various methods of alternative dispute resolution and determine the strengths and weaknesses of each; apply the rules governing arbitration, including the Uniform Arbitration Act and the Federal Arbitration Act; incorporate alternative dispute resolution clauses into contracts; and describe the process of enforcing arbitration awards in state and federal court.


The Alternative Dispute Resolution course is a primer in methods by which legal disputes can be resolved without litigation, both by the parties themselves and under the auspices of the justice system. The course focuses on the three major avenues of resolving disputes outside of litigation: negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. It also covers major ADR legislation, such as the Federal Arbitration Act, and how arbitration awards can be enforced in court.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Insurance Law and Arbitration (6/21).