Cornell University

Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

456 ILR Research Building, 607-255-9298

Labor Arbitrator Development Program - Course Modules

The program is divided into four modules.  For students with extensive backgrounds in the foundational areas of the program (Module 2), some or all of these courses may be waived at the discretion of the Scheinman Institute. Once accepted, students are each assigned a mentor from the Scheinman Institute faculty who works with them to design an individualized program of study.

Courses are generally offered once or twice per year. Links are provided to currently scheduled courses. Many of the foundation courses are offered through ILR's Management Programs. The courses are generally taught at the ILR School's newly renovated conference center in Manhattan, a few courses are offered in the summer on the Ithaca campus, and we will also provide several courses online and as webinars.

Module 1 focuses on the fundamentals of labor arbitration.  Six courses are required, including a five-day introduction to labor arbitration and five two-day courses on ethics, evidence, award writing, practice development and advanced issues.

Module 2 consists of a series of foundational courses including collective bargaining, labor relations law, and human resources. For students with extensive backgrounds in the foundational areas of the program, some or all of these courses may be waived at the discretion of the Scheinman Institute.

Module 3 consists of elective courses including mediation, conflict management system design, facilitation, public sector mediation, fact-finding and negotiations.  Students are required to complete any two of the following courses:

Modules 4 provides participants with an in-depth field experience. Students gain experience observing hearings conducted by the nation's best arbitrators. Students write draft awards and will receive personal feedback from the program's participating arbitrators.  During this module, students will develop their ADR business plan while working on their goal of establishing a labor arbitration practice. 

  • Arbitration Shadowing
  • Arbitration Award Writing

Application Form

Program Brochure

Modules - Courses

For additional information:

Traci Morse, ADR Program Manager
Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution
Cornell University
ILR School
456 ILR Research Bldg.
Ithaca, New York 14853
Phone: 607-255-9298
E-mail: ilrcr@cornell.edu