Law schools have increasingly been offering courses in alternative dispute resolution. I had the privilege of taking such a course during my semester abroad in Germany, in a class with students from all over the world.
The reason law schools have been including such courses in their curriculum is because in certain circumstances an alternative form of dispute resolution can be more effective than a traditional courtroom action. The question, though, is which circumstances,
I wrote the following for my ADR class during that semester abroad in an attempt to answer that question.
In thinking about the merits of alternative dispute resolution, I’m reminded of my own experience with it, an experience which exemplified some of the plusses and minuses of these extra-judicial conflict resolution techniques.