Dispute Resolution Society (DRS)
The Seton Hall Law School Dispute Resolution Society ("DRS") is a student-run organization that seeks to create and present opportunities for the communtiy to learn about the ever-growing field of dispute resolution. Since less than two percent of cases ever go through a full trial, the need to understand methods of alternative dispute resolution is an integral part of any law student's experience. The DRS puts students into direct contact with practitioners through panel discussions, meet-and-greets, and other events thoughout the year. The DRS also provides students with an opportunity to learn and practice mediation, negotiation, and arbitration skills, outside of the classroom, through its annual school advocacy board tryouts. Winners of the competition are invited to join the DRS Honor Board where they prepare for and compete at various interschool competitions throughout the country.
ADR refers to dispute resolution processes and techniques, such as mediation, negotiation, and arbitration, used by parties outside the courtroom. Despite historic resistance to ADR by parties and courts, ADR has gained acceptance among both the general public and legal profession. The rising popularity of ADR can be explained by the increasing caseload of traditional courts, the perception that ADR imposes fewer costs than litigation, a preference for confidentiality, and the desire of some parties to have greater control over who will decide their disputes.