Mediation Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

When there is a legal dispute between two or more parties, mediation is an alternative to the traditional litigation process. Mediation schools offer a range of options, from workshops to certificate programs to Master of Laws degrees.

A mediator is a neutral party brought in to assist the disputants involved in a legal argument and help them reach a mutually acceptable resolution.

Schools with Mediation Programs

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Certificate
Wayne State University Detroit, MI 4-year, Public Master's
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, Graduate Certificate
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Private None (Service)
Portland State University Portland, OR 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's
University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH 4-year, Public None (Continuing Education)
Kent State University Kent Campus Kent, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's
University of Oregon Eugene, OR 4-year, Public Master's
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA 4-year, Public None (Workshop)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for mediation schools:

  • Choose a mediation school based on your desired level of education.
  • Prospective students should consider the preferred area of concentration when choosing a mediation school.
  • Core courses for mediation degrees should include subjects such as conflict resolution philosophy, the psychology of conflict, communication, culture and conflict, roots of social conflict, human diversity and global conflict analysis.

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