Program Overview:

Mediation Skills Training Certificate Program

Northwestern University's 40-hour Mediation Skills Training course focuses on fundamental and practical techniques to successfully resolve disputes. The certificate can be used by legal professionals as well as career changers to enter the field of dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation. Students will also learn about professional resources, and attorneys can earn mandatory continuing legal education credits.

Registration for Winter 2018 is now open.

Course dates: Monday, February 12 through Friday, February 16; 8:00am to 5:00pm each day

Register by Tuesday, January 30 to save your seat!

Program Goals

Over the course of the 40-hour, five-day intensive Mediation Skills Training program, students will:

  • Acquire the skills used to assist parties with divergent interests to reach a resolution
  • Engage in simulated mediations to develop an understanding of the mediation process
  • Work with coaches who have professional conflict mediation experience
  • Set performance-based standards for evaluating their own work
  • Learn about ethics in the field, opportunities in commercial mediation and arbitration, and how to start building a practice as a mediator

Location and Time

This intensive five-day Mediation Skills Training course is offered on Northwestern University's Chicago Campus:

School of Professional Studies

Wieboldt Hall

339 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Class meeting days and time: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Earn Mandatory Continuing Education Credits

  • This Mediation Skills Training program was approved for a total of 35 General MCLE Credits by the Illinois MCLE Board. 6.50 Professional Responsibility Credits are approved by the Illinois Commission on Professionalism with 1 hour approved for Diversity and Inclusion CLE and 1 hour approved for Mental Health and Substance Abuse CLE under the revised CLE rule for professional responsibility in Illinois that went into effect on July 1, 2017.
  • You may also earn continuing education credits for other jurisdictions. We will be able to assist in completing required documents, but students will need to pay the fees which may range from free to more than $100.  Students may wish to review the American Bar Association CLE website and find the rules covering their jurisdiction in advance. 
  • The mediation skills training program is currently approved by AAM Training Committee to fulfill training qualification requirements for AAM membership.
  • Northwestern's training program has been approved by the Presiding Judge of the Law Division of Cook County as satisfying one of the requirements to become a Certified Mediator in Cook County. Read about the other requirements on the Cook County Website Rule 20.08.
  • This Mediation Skills Training program is co-sponsored by the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association. The IMHCA is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to provide 35 CEs for LSWs, LCSWs, LPCs, LCPCs and LMFTs.

Certificate Requirements

To be awarded a certificate of completion for the Mediation Skills Training program, students must complete a five-day, 40-hour intensive course. Please note that attendance is required for the duration of the entire session to earn continuing legal education credit. 

Core Courses:

  • MED_SKIL 100-0 Mediation Skills Training