Law-Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (JD/MS)

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Through the Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, a joint program offered by Creighton School of Law and Graduate School, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Basic dimensions of conflict
  • The impact of conflict and
  • How to engage, resolve, and manage conflict effectively

You’ll start your career with 2 graduate degrees that provide an essential skill set to advance professionally while saving on tuition.

Your JD and MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution degrees bridge the study of law, business, social science and humanities. You will benefit from small class sizes while gaining practical knowledge that can be readily applied to professional environments.


Job opportunities for graduates of this dual degree program are plentiful and varied. Law school graduates with this dual degree may work as attorneys for traditional legal employers such as –

  • Private law firms
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit legal services agencies
  • Judicial law clerks

Increasingly, law graduates are using their JDs in non­traditional ways such as leadership positions for corporations or government agencies –as well as public policy analysis for nonprofit or governmental organizations.

Your 2 degrees will enhance your professional credentials and make you even more competitive as a job applicant. You’ll be prepared to work wherever conflict arises—whether that’s with individuals, families, organizations, communities or governments.

What You'll Learn

Through the study of law at Creighton, you will learn how to –

  • Analyze and solve legal problems
  • Think carefully and critically
  • Use sound practical judgment
  • Be imaginative and original when appropriate
  • Use tools, techniques and skills to practice law successfully and ethically
  • Gain insight into how the law operates in the real world

By adding the Masters of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution degree, you’ll enhance your capacity for success in the legal world by gaining the ability to

  • Communicate effectively
  • Define and apply the theoretical frameworks in conflict engagement and different processes (e.g. negotiation, facilitation, mediation, civic engagement)
  • Demonstrate core competencies and practical skills for effectively understanding and engaging in conflict situations in a productive and constructive manner
  • Demonstrate an enhanced capacity for engaging diverse stakeholders in creative problem solving and engage in critical thinking
  • Practice reflective professional development in alignment with Ignatian values
  • Effectively apply technology to conflict engagement processes
  • Collaborate effectively with other individuals and design conflict engagement processes across diverse groups of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion and sexual orientation


MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Requirements (32 credits)

12 credits of foundation course work
10 credits of skills and processes
7 credits in electives
3 credits capstone practicum or thesis

JD Requirements

34 credits of first-year required courses
23 credits of upper-class required courses
37 credits of electives

(May include up to 9 credits of negotiation and conflict resolution coursework.)

You must meet an academic residency requirement of 6 semesters of full-time enrollment (or its part-time equivalent). For this purpose, full-time enrollment requires carrying at least 10 hours of JD coursework.

Your Courses

Law courses listed in the MS curriculum may be taken as law school electives and will also count toward the MS degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. A maximum of 12 law school semester hours may be transferred to the MS - NCR degree.

LAW 306 Civic Organizing and Democracy
LAW 310 Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAW 315 Arbitration
LAW 350 Elder Law
LAW 357 Marriage and Divorce
LAW 373 International Business Transactions
LAW 376 Health Care Law
LAW 381 Labor Law
LAW 404 Mediation Process
LAW 410 Negotiation
LAW 423 International Law

Up to 9 credits of MS credits may be transferred into the JD Program.

NCR 624 Dynamics of Conflict Resolution
NCR 627 Facilitation and Group Processes
NCR 690 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Families
NCR 622 Conflict Engagement and Leadership
NCR 700 Engaging in Bioethical Conflict

9 credits of MS coursework can be applied to your JD
12 credits of JD coursework can be applied toward your MS
Many of the masters-level courses are available in intensive one- or two-week schedule formats during evenings, spring and fall breaks and summers.


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All dual degree students will complete a practicum project that will allow applies the concepts and skills learned throughout the program to a professional environment. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience through extensive externship offerings – each 150 hours in a legal learning environment of your choice. You might be a judicial extern, or work for a government agency or nonprofit hospital.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain practical experience by spending a semester in our legal clinics, representing actual clients and making court appearances. You can get involved in moot court or join one of our trial teams and compete.

Research Opportunities

Creighton University School of Law informs, educates and serves the legal community through the

These publications also provide valuable experiences for students who want to refine their research, writing and critical-thinking skills by creating well-researched articles.

Admissions Requirements

To participate in this program, you must apply separately to the School of Law through the LSAC and the Graduate School. If you’ve satisfactorily completed your first semester of law school, you need only to submit a paper application form with signed waiver confirming your School of Law standing directly.

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