All of the trainings have a mix of law students and people from many different professional backgrounds. Anyone who is interested in mediation is welcome. In the past, educators, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors and nurses, Realtors, human resources professionals, small business owners and managers have benefited from this training. Typically, about one half of the participants have a legal background.
UNM Mediation trainings emphasize interpersonal communication skills in a problem-solving context. Instructors do not teach specific techniques of settlement facilitation in adversary litigation, although mediation skills are an important aid in that process.
For legal professionals, the trainings qualify for MCLE credits, including ethics/professionalism credits. The workshop fee includes the registration cost for MCLE credits and UNM School of Law will register these credits for legal professionals, but anyone seeking to register for more than the provided credits is responsible for paying the additional fee of $1 per credit hour. Not all courses have additional hours available. Other professionals are encouraged to contact their continuing education office and check to confirm CEU availability. Other professionals have obtained CEUs for mediation trainings in the past, but they are encouraged to double-check with their individual licensing boards.
The course fee of $895 is due before the start of the training. Payment can be made with cash, check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Class size is limited.
If a cancellation is received more than two weeks before the training, your tuition will be refunded, minus a processing fee of $50. If a cancellation is received less than two weeks before the training, course administrators reserve the right to retain already-paid tuition if the space cannot be filled. If the space can be filled, tuition will be refunded, minus the $50 processing fee. If the training cannot be completed due to illness or family emergency, the student will forfeit all tuition paid; no partial refunds will be made. In this case, administrators will work with the student to provide a subsequent training at no charge, subject to available space.
All course materials are included in the cost of the registration. UNM law students may purchase their texts at the UNM Legal Bookstore.
Upon completion of the program, participants receive a document from the University of New Mexico School of Law stating that they have successfully completed 40 hours of training in general mediation or family mediation, depending upon the course taken.
Students are encouraged to bring a notepad and pen for taking notes, and a mug for coffee/tea to reduce waste. Dress informally, comfortably and flexibly; the heating and cooling system is unpredictable, so be prepared to add/subtract clothing for personal comfort. Light snacks, fruit, coffee and tea will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring additional snacks or a sack lunch as the days are long and require a high level of energy. Vending machines for snacks and sodas are also available.
In the past, modest, partial scholarships have been available to one or two people in the amount of $100 to $200 each. Participants interested in a scholarship should complete the following: