In general, it does not matter what you major in to be a mediator or a paralegal as there are no specific requirements. Clearly courses in writing will be beneficial as a paralegal and attention to detail is a must for paralegals. Many colleges offer paralegal courses and you may want to consider those, even if you do not choose the major.
For a mediator, there are benefits to non-traditional majors. While having a major like psychology or social work would be a great benefit to family mediation, majors like civil engineering or computer science are invaluable to mediators who work on construction or intellectual property cases. One mediator I know with computer science degree maintains a full schedule of mediation because of her uniqueness in mediating complicated cases involving intellectual property. Likewise, if you are mediating medical malpractice cases, pre-med courses will be of great benefit.
In the end, major in something you enjoy and try to get a well-rounded education. You will want to be able to have a general knowledge of several different areas as a mediator as there are always many issues that arise in mediation.
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