Suffolk University Law School’s dispute resolution program was ranked 13th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “2015 America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The Dispute Resolution program develops legal skills along with a familiarity with processes that supplement or are alternatives to litigation. Dispute resolution classes also involve honing the skills that lawyers use on behalf of clients in everyday negotiating.

“The traditional courtroom trial is vanishing. Ordinary people can't afford litigation, and businesses are no longer willing to pay for it. This makes skills in dispute resolution and negotiation absolutely critical for good lawyers in the 21st century,” said Law Professor Dwight Golann, director of the Center for Representation in Dispute Resolution. “At Suffolk Law, we are doing our best to ensure that our graduates leave with the skills to succeed in the current legal world.”

The Dispute Resolution Program has been ranked in the top 20 nationally for three years running.

Highlights of the Law School’s dispute resolution program:

  • Provides mediation videos that deliver examples of mediation and negotiation for ADR teachers and professionals, which are in use at law schools across the country
  • Faculty are nationally recognized leaders in the field, including Golann, a prolific author on mediation and negotiation strategy and past chairman of the ABA litigation and business law sections
  • Moot court teams that excel in domestic and international competitions, including the Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Court Competition, which Suffolk Law faculty co-founded and co-direct.

“This is great acknowledgement of the depth and breadth of Suffolk Law’s skills programs that combine traditional legal training with in-depth preparation for practice in the real world,” said Law School Dean Camille A. Nelson.