Students interested in mediation training can find programs geared toward those becoming lawyers as well as those who wish to become professional mediators. Those interested in becoming lawyers can participate in mediation clinic programs to learn skills in conflict resolution and negotiation. For students who wish to become professional mediators without completing a law degree, programs in conflict resolution are available. According to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 8 of the Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution, mediators are required to complete at least 30 hours of mediation training. Since mediation trainees must participate in a minimum of three role-playing coached mediation sessions, mediation training programs generally include this practice.
Individuals can complete mediation training through the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), which is a part of Harvard Law School in Cambridge. The HMP is housed within the Student Practice Organization and is run by students. A 32-hour basic mediation training program is available twice a year, in the fall and spring semesters. The class offers mock mediation sessions and training in theoretical concepts. By completing this class, students meet the Massachusetts requirement to practice mediation in courts with production of confidentiality. Students are also required to spend two semesters mediating court or out-of-court cases upon completion of basic training. Harvard Law School also offers a negotiation and mediation clinical program for lawyers.
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University of Massachusetts - Boston
The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston offers two graduate-level programs in conflict resolution. In the graduate certificate program, students can choose from two 18-credit dual specializations or four 12-credit concentrations, choosing from areas such as mediation, organizational conflict or international conflict. Students in all concentrations receive approximately 40 hours of classroom training and complete more than 30 hours of field training in the district court system.
Students in the MA in Conflict Resolution program can earn the degree in two years of full-time study or 3-4 years of part-time study. The program consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed with a concentration in international conflict or organizational conflict. Students can select a master's thesis, capstone project or master's integrative seminar option.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Harvard University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Harvard Mediation Program
Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program
| Harvard Mediation Program: $600 for community members, Free for Harvard Law School Students, $300 for other full-time students;
Law School: $57,200*
|University of Massachusetts - Boston||4-year, public; large city|| Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution
MA in Conflict Resolution
|$16,115 (in-state), $23,283 (out-of-state)**|
Sources: *Harvard University, **NCES College Navigator