Frequently Asked Questions

Who takes the training?

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.

How do I know if this is the right training for me?

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.

What about continuing education credit?

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.

What does it cost?

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.

What about refunds?

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.

What kind of materials will I receive?

All course materials are included in the cost of the registration. UNM law students may purchase their texts at the UNM Legal Bookstore.

What documentation will I receive upon completion of the course?

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.

What do I need to bring?

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.

Are there any scholarships 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:

  • Email a short letter to Margaret Harrington, which should include details about the applicant’s financial situation and need for a scholarship, along with stated plans for using the skills gained from the mediation training; the program coordinator will get back to you as soon as the instructor has made a decision.

What are the advantages of taking your training?

  • The UNM School of Law’s mediation training program uses skilled instructors, talented coaches and a practical approach. Instructors are experienced practitioners with more than 20 years of combined mediation work in a wide variety of disputes. The training is based on practical, real-life situations. The program uses extensive role-play sessions for participants to integrate mediation skills with their personal styles. Additional experienced practitioners assist as coaches to observe each simulation group. They provide immediate feedback on performance and constructive suggestions for successful mediation techniques;
  • The UNM School of Law has developed a highly successful interactive format for its training programs. This format provides full opportunity to integrate concepts and skills through a combination of exercises, small group discussions, demonstrations and lectures. A team-teaching approach and multiple methods of presentation address participants' individual learning styles;
  • These mediation courses have consistently received the highest ratings by practicing attorneys, judges, psychologists and social workers who have attended the training.

May I register for both Mediation and Family Mediation at the same time?

Family mediation is offered once a year during the spring semester. If you are planning on taking Mediation the same semester, you may register for both, but you will be asked for an authorization code to register for Family mediation; it will only be given after having registered first for Mediation. Please email Margaret Harrington to receive the code.