The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution is the focal point within the law school for education, research and experiential learning in a variety of dispute resolution processes.

The law school offers a comprehensive ADR curriculum. With education in the core dispute resolution courses, students are provided the necessary legal knowledge and practical skills training to competently and expertly represent clients in each of the dispute resolution procedures which are utilized in the legal system today.

Currently, the following ADR courses are offered:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Collaborative Law
  • Contract Negotiation & Drafting
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Mediation Practice Intersession (40-hour basic training)
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Negotiation
  • Trends in ADR and Litigation Seminar

For a current ADR course list, please click here.

Students can obtain a 40-hour mediation certificate by completing one of the following:

  1. 3-credit Mediation Theory and Practice class during fall/spring; or
  2. Mediation Practice Intersession (40-hour basic training)


The Frank Evans Center also assists students with locating ADR externships in Houston and other locations. The ADR Externship Program provides students with the opportunity to study dispute resolution processes from a practical perspective. Past placements have included externships with the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center and the ADR division of the EEOC Regional Office in Houston. For more information on potential ADR externships, please contact Debra Berman at or 713-646-2997.