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Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Course

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This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict mediation processes. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. Specific attention will be given to Mediation, Arbitration, Summary Jury Trials, Mini-Trials, and Moderated Settlement Conferences. ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) is geared for all professionals who are focused on "interest-based bargaining." This course takes the mystery out of settlement processes and focuses on reaching reasonable and effective solutions. Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Stony Brook University.

Topics include: Why Conflicts Escalate, Why Mediation Works, The Mediation Process, The Role of the Mediator, Coming to an Agreement, Problems Encountered in Mediation, Developing ADR Programs for Government, Business and Personal Disputes, and Divorce Settlement Mediation.

Participants will be expected to complete reading and homework assignments and will choose or be assigned project reports that deal with ADR topics. Independent project development is encouraged.

Course Agenda

Lesson 1: Introduction, History and Origin of ADR-Mediation

Lesson 2: Techniques for ADR: The Mediation Process and The Role of the Mediator

Lesson 3: Business Disputes, Settlement Issues in the Business Sector, Employment Disputes and Employer/Employee Relationships.

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This course will be taught by experienced legal professionals including renowned Legal Nurse Consultant, Jennifer Graham, RN.

The program is coordinated by our educational partner, The Center for Legal Studies, which has been offering paralegal programs nationally since 1980. Its courses are currently offered at over 600 universities and colleges across the U.S.

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Course Fee

The course fee is $645* (does not include required textbooks or materials).

Education loans may be available through TERI (Continuing Education Loan) at 1-800-255-TERI or through Key Bank (Key Career Loan) at 1-800-KEY-LEND. Sallie Mae© offers the Career Training Loan for qualified students enrolled in degree and non-degree continuing education programs by calling 1-888-2-SALLIE. Additional loan options may be available through Bank One (Education One® Loan) at 1-888-661-8663, SunTrust at 1-800-786-8787, or JPMorgan Chase (Chase ExtraSM Student Loan) at 1-866-213-3148.

Required Textbooks

The required textbooks for the live, video or audio formats are Alternative Dispute Resolution Manual by Scott A. Hatch, J.D., and Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Nutshell, 2nd edition, by Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley.

The required textbook for the online format is Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Nutshell, 2nd edition, by Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley.

The books are available through The Center for Legal Studies Bookstore by calling 1-800-522-7737 or visiting the Center for Legal Studies website. Books ordered the week immediately prior to class starting may incur an additional FedEx fee.

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Online Schedule

New sessions begin every eight weeks.

2015-2016 SCHEDULE

FALL 2015 I: October 19 - December 4, 2015
SPRING 2016 I: January 11 - February 26, 2016
March 7 - April 22, 2016
SUMMER 2016 I: May 2 - June 17, 2016
SUMMER 2016 II: June 27 - August 12, 2016
FALL 2016 I: August 22 - October 7, 2016
FALL 2016 II: October 17 - December 2, 2016

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Video and Audio Formats
Video and audio course formats are ongoing and are available for open enrollment. You may register at anytime on the Center for Legal Studies website.

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