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Academic Centers

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Preparing leaders for new kinds of law

We have deep expertise in two crucial areas of the profession: health law and dispute resolution. Both quickly evolving fields require in-depth knowledge, creativity and compassion.

Our two academic centers bring experts to campus to engage with students, design panel discussions and host conferences. They house extensive academic resources and sponsor special research.

Alumni who take advantage of the centers’ resources are redefining what a JD means in the workplace. They find meaningful work in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, corporations, courthouses, government agencies and nonprofits. They bring their knowledge and skills to complex settings where collaboration is needed to get things done.


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Finding common ground

Co-director of the Center on Dispute Resolution Charles Pillsbury leads a mediation session with clients and students.

Center on Dispute Resolution

Navigating an alternative course

Law is how we, as a society, determine our rights and responsibilities. It’s how we create policies and regulations and it’s how we resolve disagreement. Quinnipiac’s Center on Dispute Resolution focuses on integrating the theory and practice of dispute resolution. Founded in 1998 by Jennifer Gerarda Brown, interim provost, the center serves as an umbrella over extraordinary opportunities for both professionals and law students to engage in dialogue and attend special training.

The teachers in the center are nationally recognized scholars, skilled trainers and mentors. They include professors who lead mock mediation sessions in the classroom, faculty supervisors in our Civil Justice Clinic and judges, mediators and practicing attorneys who come to campus to engage with our students and share their professional expertise. With diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, they share a common purpose — to help our law students become more creative and compassionate resolvers of conflict.