Alyson Carrel

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Assistant Director, Center on Negotiation and Mediation
Assistant Dean of Law and Technology


Alyson Carrel teaches a variety of dispute resolution courses through Northwestern Law’s nationally recognized Center on Negotiation and Mediation. She currently teaches Negotiation, Mediation Process and Advocacy, Dispute Resolution, and a new clinical course in Mediation Advocacy. In 2013, Carrel won the student-voted Outstanding Professor of a Small Class.

Since 1993, Carrel has been exploring the process of mediation and how it can benefit under represented populations and enhance access to justice. Her current interests include exploring issues related to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a first career, the use of emerging technology in the classroom, and how technology can advance the practice of mediation and other dispute resolution processes.

Carrel is an active leader, presenter, and trainer in dispute resolution. In 2011, she was selected to serve as a Section Council member with the ABA Dispute Resolution Section and is co-chair of their Spring Conference Planning Committee. Carrel is a regular presenter at national ADR and legal education conferences. She has provided negotiation and dispute resolution trainings for a wide variety of clients including large law firms like Baker & McKenzie, court systems/programs such as the Cook County Juvenile Court Child Protection Mediation Program, government organizations such as HUD, and nonprofit organizations including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Carrel has mediated a wide range of disputes and currently serves on a volunteer basis with the Center for Conflict Resolution. In addition, she was selected to participate as a neutral in the McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch class action settlement. Prior to her appointment at Northwestern Law, Carrel was the Training Director at the Center for Conflict Resolution, one of the nation’s largest and longest running community mediation centers, where she directed and lectured in the 40-hour mediation skills training and mediated court-referred cases.

Before attending law school and prior to working at CCR, Alyson managed the Dependency Mediation Program for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, which provides mediation services to parties involved in child protection/dependency matters. She also worked with the Juvenile Mediation Clinic at the University of Florida School of Law, where she helped train and manage law school clinic students in small-claims mediation, victim-offender mediation, and conflict resolution skills.

Carrel received her JD from University of Missouri-Columbia (consistently ranked a top ten ADR program by the US News and World Report), where she published a case note on drafting an effective ADR contract clause, and was the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. She received her BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida where she wrote a thesis focused on domestic relations mediation.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Negotiations
  • Mediation
  • Dispute Resolution


  • BA, University of Florida
  • JD, University of Missouri-Columbia

Prior Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

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