Online Master of Legal Studies in Conflict Resolution

Arizona State University’s Master of Legal Studies in conflict resolution emphasizes the abilities and knowledge needed to successfully address disputes. In this program, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the nature of conflict, arbitration, mediation and negotiation. After graduation, your master’s in conflict resolution will serve as a clear indicator of your specialized talents and expertise.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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What is a master’s in conflict resolution?

A master’s in conflict resolution is a unique, advanced legal degree that supports the goals of students looking to study and understand the law but not practice it. A strong grasp of legal theory and practice related to disagreements can inform your ability to anticipate, understand, react to and effectively resolve conflicts encountered in your career. 

What industries require conflict resolution skills?

 

Conflict is everywhere, but the best leaders know how to manage and resolve conflict before it becomes a major distraction or creates a negative consequence. The nature and severity of disputes can differ greatly from one case to the next, but the principles of conflict resolution are equally effective in many settings.

Some professional paths involve the potential for a high degree of disagreement. Completing a conflict resolution master’s program can prove especially valuable in roles such as:

  • Arbitrator
  • Human resources
  • Law enforcement
  • Managerial, executive and ownership roles
  • Mediator

Is a master’s in conflict resolution worth it?

 

If you have to manage and resolve conflict in your current career or plan to follow a professional path where disagreements occur, a conflict resolution degree can offer valuable and unique insight into this important concern.

This emphasis area of the Master of Legal Studies program also offers some broader, but no less valuable, benefits. While this degree doesn’t prepare you to practice law, you can expect to:

  • Build a framework for understanding the laws that impact your career.
  • Develop advanced legal knowledge in this field that few possess.
  • Recognize when and how you need to engage an attorney.

Master’s in conflict resolution courses

Like all of ASU’s emphasis areas for the Master of Legal Studies program, the conflict resolution degree builds on a shared base of introductory courses with relevant electives. You can expect to build competencies in areas such as arbitration and dispute resolution. Featured courses include:


Core course

U.S. Law and Legal Analysis


Elective

Arbitration


Elective

Conflict Theory


Elective

Dispute Systems Design


Elective

Divorce and Family Mediation


Elective

Fundamentals of Contract Law


Elective

Mediation


Elective

Negotiation


What can I do with a master’s in conflict resolution?

Conflict resolution master’s programs build talents and knowledge relevant to many roles and industries. Upon graduation, you can apply your understanding of theory and practice to your current career or seek professional paths that focus on identifying and de-escalating conflicts. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Arbitrator

Business executive or owner

HR director

Manager

Mediator

Policy advocate

Public service professional

Social worker

Leaders in legal education

The faculty members in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have more than 300 combined years of experience. Hailing from across the country, they’re nationally recognized for their wealth of knowledge. The College of Law’s world-class faculty members provide comprehensive legal education in popular focus areas and address legal challenges on a global scale.

Leaders in legal education

The faculty members in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have more than 300 combined years of experience. Hailing from across the country, they’re nationally recognized for their wealth of knowledge. The College of Law’s world-class faculty members provide comprehensive legal education in popular focus areas and address legal challenges on a global scale.

Master’s in conflict resolution admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Legal Studies program must fulfill the requirements of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

U.S.-educated applicants can apply through our FastApp process, which streamlines the application process and may allow for an offer of conditional admission to the MLS program while the applicant continues to submit any additional requested documentation. Find more information about the FastApp process here.

FastApp process

Application requirements

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Developing the next generation of legal scholars

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU is one of the top schools in the nation. The college provides personalized and practical legal education. Offering more than 250 unique courses, students have the opportunity to tailor their educational experiences to meet their unique interests. Our bar passage achievements and peer-reviewed U.S. News and World Report rankings highlight our dedication to preparing students for success.

#1


in Arizona for bar passage.

Top 25


Bar Passage & JD Advantage Jobs, according to the American Bar Association.

Top 10


Public Law Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Top 25


Best Law Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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