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LL.M. in Dispute Resolution “

The University of Missouri School of Law (MU) has been training outstanding lawyers since 1872. As a national leader in the field of dispute resolution, we seek to complement a strong traditional curriculum with an orientation toward lawyering as a problem-solving endeavor. Our Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is nationally recognized, with leading scholars from around the country serving as fellows. 
MU offers Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees in Dispute Resolution and American Law on campus. We also offer our LL.M. in Dispute Resolution online.


  • Grundgesetz
  • Innovation und Unternehmertum
  • Mediation
  • Prozessführung und Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit


  • Fernstudium
  • Teilzeit
  • Vollzeit


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Number of professors


Number of students

In the Fall 2020 semester the LL.M. program in Dispute Resolution program had 23 online students. The JD program had 350 students.

Student-Professor Ratio

Students at MU Law experience small class sizes with ready access to faculty scholars. The student-faculty ratio is currently 8.4 : 1.

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The MU School of Law is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. 

The School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.

Ranking & Awards

  • In 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked MU 3rd among law schools in dispute resolution. 
  • MU consistently ranks as one of the top 5 U.S. law schools in dispute resolution.
  • For more than 30 years, our Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution has been leading the development of the field of dispute resolution with innovative pedagogy and ground-breaking scholarship.

Renowned professors

  • Dean Lyrissa Lidsky
  • Professor Frank O. Bowman, III
  • Professor Dennis D. Crouch
  • Professor Rafael Gely
  • Professor Thom Lambert
  • Prof. Amy Schmitz

Notable Alumni

  • Professor Art Hinshaw
    Director of Lodestart Dispute Resolution Center,
    Arizona State University College of Law
  • Professor Sukhsimranjit Singn
    Managing Director Straus Institute,
    Pepperdine University School of Law


distance and residential

Degree to be obtained

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law

Specializations-mainly Dispute Resolution

  • General Law
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • U.S. Law

Semester start

Start: August

Duration: 5 months



Start: January

Duration: 5 months

Student profile

The LL.M. in Dispute Resolution provides practitioners and scholars with a deeper understanding of theoretical, policy, design and ethical issues in dispute resolution.

The LL.M. in American Law provides an introduction to the U.S. legal system.
It will help prepare international attorneys for a U.S. bar exam, for U.S. law practice, or to work with U.S. clients in the students’ home countries or with foreign clients doing business in the U.S.

The LL.M. in American Law allows students flexibility to focus on areas such as intellectual property, commercial law, or employment law.

Semesters and Semester

There are two primary 15-week semesters each academic year. 

Fall semester begins in mid-August and ends in early December. 
Spring semester begins in mid-January and ends in early May. 

There is a break of 4 or 5 weeks between the Fall and Spring semesters, with some options for intercession classes. 
Summer break is from mid-May to mid-August, with some options for summer classes.

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Kosten und Finanzierung


Cost of living ( $)

Estimated living expenses are $15,630 per year for lodging, food, etc., for a single LL.M. student. 

Living costs in Columbia in 2018 were 7.1 percent below the U.S. national average according to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index provided by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

The on-campus LL.M. Program does offer one- or two-semester fellowship awards that can include a waiver of the non-resident portion of tuition.

With such a fellowship, international students pay the resident tuition amount minus the amount of the fellowship award.

Currently, there are no fellowships or scholarships for part-time or online students. The Law School typically does not offer graduate teaching or graduate research assistantships.

Info on tuition fees

The program requires a minimum of 24 credit hours to complete with a total cost for all 24 credits of $18,609.60. The resident tuition rate is $775.40 per credit. 

The on-campus non-resident rate is $1,484.50 per credit, but students receiving fellowships pay the residential rate, minus the amount of their fellowship. 
Distance students pay the residential tuition rate regardless of where located. 

You do not have to pay the entire tuition fee at one time. Rather, you pay each semester only for the courses you take that semester. 
Full-time on-campus students typically take four 3-credit classes during two semesters for a total of 8 classes and 24 credits. 
Online and part-time students pay only for the credits they take each semester, typically, one or two 3-credit classes for approx. $2,326 to $4,652 per semester.


Applications deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with application deadlines of July 1 for Fall enrollment and December 1 for Spring enrollment.

To be considered for admission to the MU LL.M. Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed the first degree in law (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent) required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued.
  • Applicants must possess a minimum 2.5 (A = 4.0) grade point average in their law program, and a 3.0 GPA for work completed in any additional graduate or advanced degree program.
  • Non-native English speakers must also demonstrate proficiency in English with a TOEFL score of 80 with no subscore below 17, or the equivalent on the IELTS, PTE, or Cambridge C1 Advanced tests.

How to apply for our programs

Apply for the on-campus LL.M. here or through the Law School Admissions Council Credential Assembly Service. Apply for the online program here

You must provide:

  • Official transcripts from undergraduate institutions, law schools and any other institutions of higher education attended; transcripts from schools outside the United States should be translated into English.
  • Professional resume.
  • Statement of purpose (300-500 words stating reasons for pursuing this degree).
  • Two letters of recommendation. For example, one from an academic source and one from a professional source. 
  • Official test report demonstrating English proficiency (International applicants only). The internet-based TOEFL (IBT) is the preferred test of the LL.M. Program, but we will also consider IELTS, PTE, or Cambridge C1 Advanced tests.


Our LL.M. in Dispute Resolution program was the first of its kind in the U.S. (established in 1999) and has attracted attorneys from across the U.S and more than 38 countries.

International students

China, Brazil, South Africa, South Korea, Italy, Kenya, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.

Study location

MU is in Columbia, Missouri, a city of about 115,000 people located midway between Missouri’s largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City. 

Columbia has a regional airport and attracts residents from all over the world. Columbians value and celebrate the diverse population.
The city is home to more than 100 places of worship, including a synagogue and an Islamic center, and counts many international grocery stores and restaurants among the local businesses.


Many Mizzou graduate and professional students choose to live on campus in Residential Life apartments.
We offer everything from furnished single rooms to family-friendly apartments - at prices that fit your budget. 
There are also a wide variety of near campus living options.

Club & Society

Student organizations are a vibrant part of the intellectual and social environments at the MU School of Law. They provide LL.M. students with opportunities to enhance their professional and personal development through programs and activities, and intellectual, cultural and volunteer opportunities. For example, past LL.M. students have consulted with the editors of our Journal of Dispute Resolution on particular articles, served as judges during student competitions such as “Mediation Advocacy,” and networked with JD-student members of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Organization (ADRO) and International Law Student Association (ILSA), among others. See a list of student organizations. 

The MU International Center provides support and services for international students and scholars.

Leisure activities

MU’s Recreation Services and Facilities provides quality leisure experiences to all members of the campus community, primarily Mizzou students.
From our award winning facilities to our nationally recognized programs, we strive to bring our members and guests an environment that inspires and promotes a healthy, active lifestyle.

The City of Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment, and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals. The city boasts multiple city parks as well as Rock Bridge State Park and the MKT Trail for hiking and bicycling.

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To help students participate fully in the learning experience, the University of Missouri Disability Center serves as a valuable resource for providing services and accommodations to students that need specific assistance. MU is family friendly and has a wide variety of services to support students with children.