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Effective March 16, 2020, the educational programs scheduled to be delivered at our New York City facility will be moved to virtual delivery, where possible, or rescheduled. For those programs that do not lend themselves to a distance-education format, we will postpone them until we receive guidance from the University and public health officials that it is safe to hold those programs in-person. Please contact with any questions. We will provide updates as they become available from the University.

Professional Neutral Development Program


  • 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

Certificate Basics

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    Required Courses
    3 Focused WorkshopsRegister for individual workshops to fit your schedule
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    Time to Complete
    18 monthsTime participants have to complete the entire certificate program

Certificate Details


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.


This certificate program has no prerequisites.

Core Curriculum


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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The Employment Law Mediator Training

Intensive 4.5 half-day training program that equips participants. Help participants practice the skills to facilitate the process; CLE accredited.

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    Oct 26 - 30, 2020
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    New York, NY

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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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