Currently, mediation in Florida is a pre-suit requirement only for condo associations, homeowner disputes, and medical malpractice suits, as discussed in Florida Statute Chapter 720.311, 718.1255, 766.108, as well as those ordered by a judge. The American Bar Association (ABA) also reported that only 23 of the 204 law schools (11%) approved by the ABA require some form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) coursework to graduate. Changes need to be made for the ADR program to thrive and reach its full potential within our judicial system. This thesis will highlight that by calling for the government to make mediation a pre-suit requirement for other suitable areas in the civil court system. This thesis will also address the need for more law schools to require ADR training within their curriculum to create a new generation who understands and has the skills to implement ADR into their future law practices. By examining successful trends in ADR, statutes, and programs that have encouraged or forced the use of ADR, this thesis will provide ways ADR can reach its full potential within our court system. This thesis will contribute to the field of law, specifically in terms of contributing to the lack of data on ADR programs that reflect their positive impacts and where they might be most beneficial.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair/Advisor

Milon, Abby


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


College of Community Innovation and Education


Legal Studies

Degree Program

Legal Studies



Access Status

Open Access

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