Students interested in a focus on problem-solving approaches to lawyering, including alternative methods of dispute resolution, should consider taking as many courses directly related to negotiation, problem-solving, mediation, dispute resolution and dispute systems design, and group facilitation a possible during their time at Harvard Law School.

The introductory course in problem-solving is the Negotiation Workshop (offered during the January and Spring semesters), which presents a basic overview of the theory and practice of negotiation, with a special emphasis on skills development. This course does not have a substantive (e.g. environmental, corporate, international, public interest, etc.) legal focus but instead, simulations cover a broad range of contexts, from real estate to labor negotiations to family law. Those with a more focused interest in this area of practice are encouraged to take the Negotiation Workshop as early as possible during their time in law school (preferably in the spring of their first year) in order to maximize their ability to take other advanced negotiation-related classes that list the Negotiation Workshop as a prerequisite.

Those advanced courses include several developed by faculty at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic,  Dispute Systems DesignThe Lawyer as Facilitator, and Advanced Negotiation: Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making, and Teams.

Other recommended courses related to problem solving and dispute resolution at HLS are listed below. Full descriptions and information on when these courses are offered can be found in the online catalog:

Administrative Law
Advanced Negotiation: Criminal Context
Advanced Skills Training for Human Rights Advocacy
Analytical Methods for Lawyers

Business Strategy for Lawyers
Cross Border M&A: Drafting, Negotiation & the Auction Process
Diversity and Dispute Resolution

Employment Law Workshop: Advocacy Skills
Engaging China
Family Law
Federal Courts and the Federal System
Global Law and Governance

International Commercial Arbitration
International Investment Arbitration
International Trade Law
Law and Psychology: The Emotions
Legal Profession: Collaborative Law
Management and Leadership Skills for Lawyers
Mediation Clinic
Narrative Mediation
Natural Resources Law
Negotiation and Diplomacy
Negotiating and Drafting International Business Transactions
Negotiation and Diplomacy
Sports and the Law: Examining the Legal History and Evolution of America’s Three “Major League”
       Sports: MLB, NFL and NBA