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Arbitrator, Mediator, or Conciliator

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What They Do

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators Career Video

About This Career

Facilitates negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolves conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Legal Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Prepares written opinions or decisions regarding cases.
  • Applies relevant laws, regulations, policies, or precedents to reach conclusions.
  • Conducts hearings to obtain information or evidence relative to disposition of claims.
  • Uses mediation techniques to facilitate communication between disputants, to further parties' understanding of different perspectives, and to guide parties toward mutual agreement.
  • Confers with disputants to clarify issues, identify underlying concerns, and develop an understanding of their respective needs and interests.
  • Rules on exceptions, motions, or admissibility of evidence.
  • Conducts initial meetings with disputants to outline the arbitration process, settle procedural matters, such as fees, or determine details, such as witness numbers or time requirements.
  • Issues subpoenas or administers oaths to prepare for formal hearings.
  • Prepares settlement agreements for disputants to sign.
  • Sets up appointments for parties to meet for mediation.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator (ADR Coordinator)
  • Arbiter — An arbiter is an impartial person or institution, such as the Supreme Court, given the power to decide in any sort of dispute.
  • Family Mediator
  • Federal Mediator
  • Labor Arbitrator
  • Public Employment Mediator
  • Labor Mediator
  • Divorce Mediator


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