As a student-led organization at Harvard Law School, HMP’s principle focus is on providing training and service opportunities for HLS students. However, each semester HMP also seeks to train Boston-area community members (including students at schools other than HLS) who can commit to serving as volunteer mediators and mentors over the course of multiple semesters after they have completed training. In recruiting community members, HMP prioritizes applicants who have NOT previously had mediation training. Please see below for a series of “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding the opportunity for community members to train with HMP.
- CAN I APPLY FOR MEDIATION TRAINING?
- AM I GUARANTEED AN INTERVIEW IF I APPLY?
- HOW MANY APPLICANTS DOES HMP ACCEPT INTO A TRAINING CLASS?
- CAN I RE-APPLY FOR TRAINING IF I’M NOT ACCEPTED THIS SEMESTER?
- ARE THERE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MEDIATION AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL?
- WHERE ELSE CAN I GET HANDS-ON MEDIATION TRAINING?
If you can commit to at least two semesters of service as a volunteer mediator – which requires in-person attendance at eight court sessions over the course of multiple months – then you are eligible to apply for training. This generally means you must live in the Boston metro area.
Please note that HMP charges a training fee of $600 to community members who are accepted into the program in order to cover some costs. A reduced fee of $300 is available to those community members who provide documentation that they are full-time students at an accredited educational institution.
While HMP Recruiting Directors endeavor to interview each applicant, it is not always possible to do so. HMP generally does NOT pursue interviews with applicants who live outside the Boston metro area or those who have already completed a substantially similar course of mediation training.
Typically 24 applicants are accepted per training class. On average, approximately four community members are accepted per class.
Yes! The Program on Negotiation (PON) offers workshops in mediation and negotiation through their Harvard Negotiation Institute. PON also offers weekly semester-long seminars on mediation and negotiation, and regularly sponsors speaker events. PON is a wonderful resource for community members who already have mediation training and experience.
Fortunately for those wishing to learn mediation skills, programs abound throughout the country. The Association for Conflict Resolution, and the National Association for Community Mediation may help you locate a training program in your area that is best-suited to your interests.