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Mediators are a less visible but essential part of the criminal justice system, working behind the scenes in out-of-court dispute resolution. In many ways, a mediator is like a less formal judge: mediators serve as an impartial party, overseeing private hearings outside of the court room. A mediator is in charge of managing dispute proceedings and keeping the discussion relevant and polite. While a mediator will often offer suggestions as to how to resolve the disagreement at hand, it is up to the two opposing sides to ultimately reach their own agreement.

If things in a debate turn nasty and a shouting match ensues, it's up to the mediator to calm everyone down and reestablish constructive discussion.


Mediator Job Description

Mediators spend most of their time meeting with clients to oversee disputes. Most mediators work out of private offices or, in some cases, travel to meet with clients at a chosen location. While a mediator often takes notes during a dispute settlement to keep track of each party's demands, these notes are kept private and confidential and no public record of them is kept.

Mediators may also oversee specific procedures like executive mini-trials, which can serve as a sort of pre-negotiation conducted in hopes of avoiding a formal trial.


Mediator Requirements

The job of a mediator requires a cool head, good communication capabilities and excellent people skills. A good mediator also has an assertive personality which permits him or her to step in and regain control of the proceedings if discussions swerve off track. Education and training requirements for mediators vary from one state and court to another, but in most cases a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as criminal justice or counseling, is necessary. Many mediators also choose to complete advanced degrees in relevant fields like dispute resolution, conflict management, law or public policy. Regardless of degree, most mediators undergo on-the-job training before beginning to practice on their own.


Mediator Career Outlook

Mediating is a mentally and emotionally-demanding job and a good mediator is well-rewarded for this difficult work. In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the median annual wage of arbitrators, mediators and conciliators as a group to be $77,200, with the top ten percent of earners breaking into the six-figure salary range. Job prospects for mediators are expected to be excellent, with the BLS predicting faster-than-average growth in the job field over the coming decade.


Mediator Trends

Money is at the heart of mediators' excellent job prospects. Formal legal procedures are incredibly time-consuming and extremely expensive - and the longer a proceeding lasts, the more money clients have to pay out. For this reason, both corporate and private clients are increasingly choosing to turn to mediator services instead of going to trial. Mediators offer a cost-efficient alternative to official legal proceedings and can help warring parties resolve their dispute in a timely and effective manner.


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Mediator Degree Programs

Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Mediator programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 74 schools across the country.

Featured Schools Accepting Students from Across the US:




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Alabama

Prince Institute (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription, Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
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Arizona

Fortis College (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
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California

American Intercontinental University (Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Law/Courts
Bryan University (Gold River, CA / Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associates in Court Reporting, Associates in Court Reporting (online)
Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Arts - Court Reporting and Captioning Careers, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Beginning Realtime Captioner/Broadcast Captioning, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - CART Reporter/Realtime Captioner, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Certified Realtime Reporter, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Proofreader - Court Reporting Method, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Realtime Rapid Text Entry, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Scopist for Court Reporters, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting/Computerized Shorthand, Certificate of Completion - Proofreader - Court Reporting Method, Certificate of Completion - Scopist for Court Reporters
Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center (Sacramento, CA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
College of Marin (Kentfield, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Court Reporting
Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Legal Systems / Court Management
Humphreys College (Stockton, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Arts - Court Reporting, Associate in Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Arts - Court Reporting, Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting - CSR (Online) (online), Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting (online), Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting
Sage College (Moreno Valley, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Diploma - Court Reporting
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus (Calexico, CA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Interperting
Sierra College (Rocklin, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts/Associate of Science - Administration of Justice - Courts
Sierra Valley Business College (Fresno, CA)
Programs Offered:
Career Training - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
South Coast College (Orange, CA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
Taft College (Taft, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate of Achievement - Court Reporting
West Valley College (Saratoga, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate of Achievement - Court Reporting
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Colorado

Community College of Aurora (Aurora, CO)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Criminal Justice Court Services
Prince Institute (Westminster, CO)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Court and Realtime Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
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Connecticut

GateWay Community College (New Haven, CT)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Real-time Reporting - Broadcast Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Real-time Reporting - CART, Certificate of Completion - Real-time Reporting - Broadcast Captioning, Certificate of Completion - Real-time Reporting - CART
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Florida

Atlantic Technical Center (Coconut Creek, FL)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
Key College (Dania Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Real Time Court Reporting
Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Court Reporting Technology
Sheridan Technical Center (Hollywood, FL)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting / Legal Transcription, Certificate - Court Reporting/Legal Transcription
Stenotype Institute (Jacksonville, FL)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
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Georgia

Brown College of Court Reporting (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting-Stenography , Certificate in Court Reporting-Voice Writing
Iverson Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
Shorter University (Rome, GA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor Of Science / Arts In Criminal Justice (online)
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Illinois

MacCormac College (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Midstate College (Peoria, IL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Realtime Reporting
Prince Institute (Schaumburg, IL)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
South Suburban College (South Holland, IL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Basic, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Machine Shorthand Secretarial, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology, Certificate - Court Reporting
Sparks College (Shelbyville, IL)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting (online)
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Indiana

Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, IN)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts, Bachelor of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts
College of Court Reporting Inc (Hobart, IN)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
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Iowa

AIB College of Business (Des Moines, IA)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting
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Louisiana

Bossier Parish Community College (Bossier City, LA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Legal Systems
Court Reporting Institute of Louisiana (Baton Rouge, LA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting (online)
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Michigan

Academy of Court Reporting (Clawson, MI)
Programs Offered:
Career Training - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Programs Offered:
Masters in Criminal Justice - Specializations available in Judicial Administration and Security Management (online)
Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Court and Caption Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court and Caption Reporting, Certificate - Court and Caption Reporting
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Minnesota

Minnesota School of Business (Shakopee, MN / Waite Park, MN)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court (online)
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:
B.A. - Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:
BS in Human Services - Courts and the Legal System (online)
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Mississippi

Hinds Community College (Raymond, MS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting Technology, Certificate - Court Reporting Technology
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Missouri

Colorado Technical University (North Kansas City, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting
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New Jersey

Stenotech Career Institute (Fairfield, NJ / Piscataway, NJ)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Deposition and Court Reporting
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New York

Business Informatics Center Inc (Valley Stream, NY)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Court Reporting
Long Island Business Institute (Flushing, NY)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Court Reporting
New York Career Institute (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Occupational Studies - Stenotype Court Reporter, Associate of Science - Stenotype Court Reporting, Certificate - Stenotype Hearing Reporting, Certificate - Stenotype Stenographer
SUNY-College of Technology at Alfred (Alfred, NY)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
SUNY-Erie Community College (Buffalo, NY)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
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North Carolina

Catawba Valley Community College (Hickory, NC)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
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Ohio

Academy of Court Reporting (Cleveland, OH / Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Clark State Community College (Springfield, OH)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Broadcast Captioning/CART, Certificate - Judicial Reporting Scopist
Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Business - Captioning and Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting Technologies
Miami Jacobs Career College (Columbus, OH / Dayton, OH)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Stautzenberger College (Maumee, OH)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Associate of Arts in Business - Court Reporting
Stautzenberger College-Brecksville (Brecksville, OH)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
The University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Legal Courts
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Oklahoma

Tulsa Tech (Tulsa, OK)
Programs Offered:
Career Training - Court Reporter
Vatterott Educational Centers (Oklahoma City, OK)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
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Oregon

Sumner College (Portland, OR)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Diploma - Court Reporting
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Pennsylvania

Academy of Court Reporting (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Fortis College (Forty Fort, PA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
Programs Offered:
Career Associate - Court & Realtime Reporting, Certificate - Court & Realtime Reporting
Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke, PA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting/Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Orleans Technical Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
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South Carolina

Midlands Technical College (West Columbia, SC)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
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South Dakota

Colorado Technical University (Sioux Falls, SD)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting
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Texas

Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Scopist: Court Reporting
Arlington Career Institute (Grand Prairie, TX)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Stenograph Court Reporting
Court Reporting Institute-Wheeler Institute of Texas (Dallas, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Iverson Institute (Arlington, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Kilgore College (Kilgore, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting/Scopist, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting/Scopist, Certificate - Court Reporting
Kussad Institute of Court Reporting (Austin, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
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Utah

Fortis College (Salt Lake City, UT)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Court Reporting
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Virginia

Fortis Institute (Virginia Beach, VA)
Programs Offered:
Career Training - Court Reporting