Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society (“ADRHS”) is Brooklyn Law School’s distinguished accredited honors organization that prepares students for success in the newest trend in the legal profession. Students participate in alternative dispute resolution competitions across the country in various areas of the law, such as the intellectual property negotiation, international mediation, baseball arbitration, and the securities law triathlon. As the newest honor society, ADRHS has already been recognized in various competitions throughout the nation and is invited to participate in a growing number of competitions across the United States.
Students hone their legal skills in preparation for competitions in three distinct areas of alternative dispute resolution: negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Preparation for competitions through written briefs and contracts, and simulations allows students to gain experience in a unique skill set that allows them to become a better advocate for their client and a more creative problem solver. These particular legal skills are essential to becoming a successful attorney and universally applicable to all practices of the law. Students may earn academic credit for participating in competitions and for coaching other competitors.
Selection to ADRHS
ADRHS invites all 1L, 2L, and transfer students to participate in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society Tryouts taking place in the spring semester. This highly competitive mock negotiation will determine who will be invited to join the society for the following competition year.
Students will participate in a five person, fifty minute, round table negotiation that will be judged by current ADRHS members. A week prior to tryouts, participants will be sent a general fact pattern and respective private facts depending on the party that they will be assigned to represent. Participants will be told certain concessions their clients have authorized and certain demands they need to meet on behalf of their client. Performance will be scored on a rubric that considers factors such as professionalism and ethics, comprehension of client’s goals, and ability to work alongside other negotiating parties. Participants will be e-mailed the rubric prior to their tryout.
The number of students admitted to join ADRHS vary based on the society’s competition needs for the following year. Typically, ADRHS offers memberships to those who score in the top 15% of all participants. 1L students who are not invited to join during the spring tryout of their first year may try out again during the spring of their second year.
Transfer students may be eligible for membership in ADRHS in the competition year for which they matriculate at Brooklyn Law School. Transfer students who are interested in becoming members may inquire to ADRHS at firstname.lastname@example.org.