Mediation Skills Training 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 in the mediation training program will also learn about professional resources, and attorneys can earn mandatory continuing legal education credits. 


Winter 2024 Registration deadline:
MED_SKIL 100-0 Mediation Skills Training (Remote) December 15, 2023

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About the Mediation Skills Training Program

Mediation Skills Training Program Goals

Mediation Skills Program Courses

Explore all the Mediation Skills Program Courses for detail on the program's offerings.

Mediation Skills Certificate Requirements

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

Earn Mandatory Continuing Education Credits

MCLE Credit (Attorneys)

  • On-Campus Program - Illinois MCLE Credits
    • 35.00 General Credits
    • 5.50 Professional Responsibility Credits
      • .75 hours approved for Diversity and Inclusion CLE
      • 2 hours approved for Mental Health and Substance Abuse CLE 
  • Remote Program - Illinois MCLE Credits
    • 34.00 General MCLE Credits
    • 5.50 Professional Responsibility Credits
      • .75 hours approved for Diversity and Inclusion CLE
      • 2 hours approved for Mental Health and Substance Abuse CLE
  • 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. 
IMHCA Credit (Mental Health Counselors)
  • This mediation 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.

Association and Court Approval

Association of Attorney-Mediators (AAM) Court Approval
  • Northwestern's mediator 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.
  • Northwestern's mediator training program has been approved by the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of Cook County as satisfying one of the requirements to become a Certified Mediator in Cook County. Please see Rule 13.4(x)(b) for minimum qualifications for in inclusion on Court-Certified Mediator roster for Cook County Domestic Relations Division.
  • Northwestern's mediator training program is approved by the New York State Unified Court System's Office of ADR Programs under Part 146. Registrants who intend to apply to a New York State trial court roster may need additional training in New York court-specific rules and procedures and relevant New York law. Final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in this course does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.
  • Northwestern's on-campus program is approved by the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission to satisfy the certification requirement for a 40-hour basic mediation training as set out in the Requirements for Certification of Mediators for Circuit Courts. Because this course is not designed for Arkansas participants and is offered outside of the state of Arkansas, anyone seeking certification in Arkansas will be required to take the Arkansas ADR Commission's course on Mediator Ethics, Law and General Practices.

Tuition and Financial Aid for the Mediation Skills

Details can be found on the Tuition and Financial Aid for the Mediation Skills page.

Mediation Skills Faculty

Instructors for this program have a range of expertise, specializations and work experience. Read about their qualifications on our Mediation Skills Faculty page.

Careers in Mediation

In addition to professional mediators, the mediation training program will benefit professionals in supervisory or managerial roles. Human resources professionals, corporate executives and sales professionals from a variety of industries have benefited from this program in the past. Read more on the Careers in Mediation Skills page.

Find out more about Northwestern's Mediation Skills Training Program

Contact SPS Enrollment Advisers

SPS enrollment advisers at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies can be a resource to you for inquiries regarding our certificate programs.

Mediation Skills Core Courses

Core Courses:Course Detail
Mediation Skills Training MED_SKIL 100-0

This intensive synchronous program provides students with the hands-on opportunity to engage in mediations and acquire the skills used to assist parties with divergent interests to reach a resolution. Through extensive simulations in which students will have the opportunity to be both the mediator and a party in a dispute, students will learn how third-party intervention can resolve conflict in a wide variety of settings, from workplace and commercial to interpersonal and community disputes. A significant focus of the program will be the use of mediation role play exercises in which students will be observed and coached by professional mediators. The course is facilitated by well-respected mediation trainers in the field. 


Required Course Preparation:

Students should read Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton prior to the first day of class.


Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.

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