Hamline News

March 14, 2012

Hamline Law ranks third In Dispute Resolution

Hamline University School of Law has been ranked third in Dispute Resolution in the latest U.S. News & World Report assessment of the nation's best law schools, graduate schools and specialty programs. This is the 12th consecutive year that Hamline’s Dispute Resolution program has been ranked in the top five in the nation.

“Our dispute resolution program is world-class, and we are pleased that its contributions to the teaching and study of problem-solving have been recognized in the rankings,” said Hamline University School of Law Dean Donald Lewis.

Established in 1991, the Dispute Resolution Institute offers rigorous academic discourse, hands-on simulation experience, and cross-disciplinary examination of conflict theory, advocacy, and problem-solving in domestic and international courses for law students, lawyers, and other professionals. In 2011, the Institute celebrated its twentieth anniversary at a conference it convened in Beijing, China, as part of the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching global initiative.

In cooperation with The Leading Institute, and with support from the JAMS Foundation, the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching project gathered negotiation experts from around the world to examine and critique contemporary negotiation pedagogy. This multi-year initiative has already resulted in two publications published by DRI Press (Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Innovations for Context and Culture and Venturing beyond the Classroom: Volume 2 in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series). Volume 3, Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves will be available in April with the final volume in the series, Educating Negotiators for a Connected World forthcoming summer 2012.

The project has also led to the development of Hamline’s International Business Negotiation certificate, which was designed to incorporate the lessons identified and developed in the project, as well as the launch of Tan Pan: The Chinese-English Journal of Negotiation. This bilingual journal will be the first in the field in mainland China.

“Through the establishment of the Dispute Resolution Institute, Hamline University was among the first law schools in the nation to recognize the importance of teaching current and future lawyers and other professionals the skills needed to be good problem-solvers and to recognize the place that alternative dispute resolution would occupy in all aspects of society in the 21st century,” said Associate Professor and Dispute Resolution Institute Director Sharon Press. “Conflict is inevitable. We’ll continue to bring a spirit of innovation and passion for excellence to the task of preparing professionals to address it.”