ADR Specialist

PLG 601 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: ONL ONL

ADR Specialist - Paralegal Certificate

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the most common mechanism for resolution of legal disputes. The potential claims and remedies in legal disputes are expansive. ADR options are diversified to align with the multi-dimensional facets of claims and dispositions. Types of ADR include negotiation, arbitration, mediation, summary jury trial, mini-trial, and restorative methods. Each type encompasses different processes and parameters. Often, ADR affords individuals and entities with flexibility to craft solutions that meet the specific needs of the given situation, rather than court rulings, which provide far less options for case resolution. ADR takes place pre-filing, during litigation, and post-filing. The need for ADR is driven by conflict, which can take many forms. Understanding the source of conflict, power, and relationship dynamics is an important aspect of ADR. Paralegal roles and responsibilities are extensive in ADR. Understanding different types of ADR, legal and ethical parameters, timing, initiation, preparation, formalization, and disposition impacts is essential across a myriad of legal disciplines. Knowledge of ADR types, requirements, rules, procedures, mechanisms, techniques, process initiation, and navigation will position a paralegal well to apply skills in a multitude of legal practice areas such as torts; contracts; workers’ compensation; real property; wills, trusts, and estates; commercial litigation; employment law; and family law.  Attention to detail, knowledge of ADR options, rule navigation, adherence to legal and ethical requirements, professional communication, solid legal research and analysis, and precise drafting abilities are critical skills for a paralegal working on matters involving the use of ADR.

Upon successful completion of the University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program – Alternative Dispute Resolution Concentration, the participant will demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Exploring power and conflict dynamics impacting relationships
  • Distinguishing between types of alternative dispute resolution
  • Evaluating alternative dispute resolution options based on the dispute
  • Breaking down alternative dispute resolution processes
  • Analyzing potential legal and ethical parameters of alternative dispute resolution
  • Laying out the pros and cons of alternative dispute resolution options
  • Contrasting pre-filing, pending litigation, and post-filing uses of alternative dispute resolution
  • Applying advanced legal research skills
  • Demonstrating advanced legal writing skills


Alternate Dispute Resolution Specialist has greatly expanded over the last several years to include many areas in addition to the traditional commercial dispute in the form of arbitration; mediation has become an important first step in the dispute resolution process.


This course is available as part of the following:

Certificate in Practice Area Concentration Certificate

Paralegal Concentration Certificate Programs are designed to expand the educational and professional horizons for all paralegals.

Course PLG - 601, Section 85
Starts: 8/1/2021 Ends: 12/1/2021
Meets on: Flexible
Time: Flexible
Location: ONL
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Starts: 9/1/2021 Ends: 1/1/2022
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Time: Flexible
Location: ONL
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Starts: 10/1/2021 Ends: 2/1/2022
Meets on: Flexible
Time: Flexible
Location: ONL