Alyson Carrel

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


Alyson Carrel is a clinical associate professor and the assistant director of the Law School’s nationally recognized Center on Negotiation and Mediation. She is also the first appointed Assistant Dean of Law and Technology Initiatives. She currently teaches Negotiation, Mediation Process and Advocacy, Dispute Resolution, and a clinical course in Mediation Advocacy. In 2013, Carrel won the student-voted Outstanding Professor of a Small Class.

Carrel is currently exploring issues related to the use of emerging technology in the classroom, disruptive technology in dispute resolution, and social justice critiques to confidential dispute resolution processes. In 2014, she was named a Northwestern Digital Learning Fellow, which gave her the opportunity to study the use of wearable technology as a teaching tool in negotiation simulations. Carrel was also awarded an A2J Author Course Project Fellowship, allowing her to direct her clinic students in creating interactive preparation guides for pro se parties using the A2J Author software platform. Carrel has presented nationally on these approaches at the AALS annual and clinical section conferences.  In her role as the Assistant Dean of Law and Technology Initiatives, Carrel organized TEaCH LAW, an event designed to encourage the use of technology tools in legal education.

Carrel is also an active leader, presenter, and trainer in dispute resolution. Since 1993, she has been exploring the process of mediation and how it can benefit under represented populations and enhance access to justice. 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 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, Carrel 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, 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

  • Assistant Dean of Law and Technology, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy), Kellogg School of Management
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

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