Alternative Dispute Resolution Resources and FAQ

Resources

Success at UNT involves showing up for class, finding support from others, taking control, being prepared, getting involved, and being persistent.  We want you to succeed and have got lots of resources and people who want to help.  Listed below are some resources you might find helpful.  More resources are available at "Succeed at UNT."

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FAQs

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to a group of processes used to resolve disputes between individuals, groups, or businesses. These processes grew out of frustration with the significant time and cost associated with resolving problems in the court system as well as the rapid growth in the courts' caseloads. Three of the most common techniques include negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

Will ADR courses prepare me to become a professional mediator?

Texas law requires that any individual who wishes to professionally mediate must successfully complete a certain amount of training. Students who complete PADM 4000 – Mediation & Dispute Resolution and PADM 4060 – Practicum in Mediation & Dispute Resolution meet that statutory requirement. However, most professional mediators are also attorneys. The ADR curriculum is great preparation for law school and also equips students with skills that are valuable in almost every other profession.

Am I required to take ADR courses in a specific order?

We recommend that students complete PADM 4050 – Negotiation & Dispute Resolution before taking other ADR courses because of the foundational skills introduced in this course. However, students are allowed to enroll in other ADR courses at the same time they are taking PACS 4050. Students must complete PADM 4000 – Mediation & Dispute Resolution before they can take PADM 4060 – Practicum in Mediation & Dispute Resolution. You can learn more about all the ADR courses offered at UNT under Course Info.

How do I get my certificate?

Students must apply for their certificate(s) online using their UNT EUID and password. To learn more about the certificate application process, visit our Certificate Application Form.

Do I have to be enrolled in UNT to take an ADR course?

You must be enrolled at UNT in order to take ADR courses. These courses are not offered through a continuing education program or as CLE credit. You may learn more about becoming a UNT student at UNT Admissions. If you are already a UNT student, you can learn more about the ADR program from your academic advisor or by contacting Leslie Roberts, the program coordinator, at Leslie.Roberts@unt.edu.

Can I apply the ADR credits I have earned at UNT Dallas toward the interdisciplinary ADR minor or any of the certificates?

UNT students who have completed ADR courses at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) may apply these courses toward the ADR interdisciplinary minor and/or any of the certificates. UNT Dallas and other students should consult with the appropriate parties at their institution for guidance.

Beginning Fall 2014, the Mediation and Family Mediation certificates will only be issued to students who complete all of the required ADR coursework at UNT in Denton or at the Collin Higher Education Center. Students who have completed ADR courses at UNT Dallas prior to Fall 2014 are eligible to apply for these certificates.

Does UNT offer graduate courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution?

The University of North Texas does not offer a graduate program in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Graduate students may take ADR courses at the undergraduate level; however, they will not receive graduate credit for these courses.