Professional Neutral Development Program

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  • Acquire knowledge within alternative dispute resolution and fundamental negotiation
  • Train in for employment law, workplace mediation and employment arbitration
  • Explore the nature of self-employment and becoming a mediator

Corporate leaders and attorneys agree that there is a shortage of qualified dispute resolution professionals available to resolve complex commercial, international and employment law disputes. In today's volatile economic climate, attorneys and other professionals are predicting a rise in the use of alternative dispute resolution. In addition to the process and substantive knowledge segments, Cornell's Reinventing Your Career program will devote considerable time in helping participants build a successful practice by creating a personalized strategic business plan.

For the attorney or business executive seeking to reroute a career or return to the workforce after a pause to raise a family, complete military service, or pursue volunteer opportunities, a career in dispute resolution could represent an exciting and viable new direction. In this extraordinary economic environment, dispute resolution can offer personal flexibility and life skills that can be used across multiple disciplines.

Professional Neutral Development Program Brochure (PDF, 2 MB)


This certificate program has no prerequisites.

Core curriculum

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Ethics in ADR

Strong ethics awareness is an essential competency for mediators. Participants gain clarity about the ethics of neutral roles, and practice techniques to apply in day-to-day practice and in complex ethical situations. CLE credits available.

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5-day Workshop New York, NY$2195.00

The Employment Law Mediator Training

Become a Qualified Workplace Mediator with this Intensive 4-Day Training Led by Cornell ILR School Experts in Midtown NYC. CLE Credits Awarded. Register Now.

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Becoming a Mediator: The Business Plan

This program helps emerging or established neutrals to build a business plan to successfully launch or enhance an ADR neutral career. Explore the nature of self-employment and how to broaden practice areas and increase market potential.

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