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Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and need to be submitted at least four months prior to the intended start date.

Courses start in the Fall (mid-August), Spring (early January) and Summer (late May) terms. Applications can be submitted up to one year in advance. It is recommended that international students submit their applications at least six months prior to their expected start date.

Scholarships are highly competitive and granted to admitted students on rolling basis. The majority of partial scholarships are awarded between December and March 1 for the Fall term. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Application form or online application through LSAC
  • A three to four page personal statement
  • Current resumé or CV
  • Three complete Personal Evaluation Forms or narrative letters of recommendation
  • $50 application fee

Applicants will submit their applications to the following departments based on their desired program.

Graduate Law Programs


Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution



The LLM Program is offered as part of the law school's graduate programs. Admission to the LLM will require a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited institution, or for international candidates the first degree of law necessary to practice or teach law in their country of origin. Those that do not meet this requirement can consider the Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Master of Dispute Resolution, or Certificate in Entertainment, Media and Sports Law programs, or can attend our various training programs and conferences. Please visit our Training Programs and Conferences page for a list of upcoming programs.


Applications for the LLM program can be completed online via LSAC or via the paper application form.  Please see the above list to download the appropriate application form. All international applicants are required to have their transcripts evaluated. The LSAC evaluation service is only available to those applying through LSAC, applicants choosing to apply using our paper application can use WES to provide a course-by-course evaluation.

Personal Statement

The LLM, Master's Degree and Certificate Programs are designed to combine a graduate level academic experience with a commitment to the development of professional skills.

Please include a three to four page personal statement indicating your reasons for wanting to study in the desired field, why you chose to apply to Pepperdine University School of Law, what use you anticipate making of the education you receive, what contribution you will make to the program, and any further information that you feel should be considered by the Admissions Committee.

Please include in your personal statement a discussion of any economic, educational, or social disadvantages that you have encountered, what you have done to overcome these disadvantages, community service endeavors that you may have participated in, and your plans as they now relate to future community service.


A copy of a current resumé or vita outlining professional and educational experience is required.


Transcripts are required for all applicants for the Certificate, Masters, and LLM program. We must receive Official Transcripts to consider your application, and must be received directly from the university or in a university sealed envelope from the applicant. Transcripts must be included from all institutions attended. If you are currently a student in another graduate program or undergraduate program, we will need your current transcript to date. Transcripts from international institutions need to be submitted through a credential evaluation service.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for applicants applying for any of our academic programs. Applicants can have their recommenders complete the Prospective Student Evaluation Form, or have their recommenders write a narrative letter of recommendation. This form/letter is an opportunity for the admissions committee to learn about your potential or current work in the dispute resolution field.

Recommendations can be from co-workers, supervisors, mentors, professors and others that can talk about your experience or potential experience in the field. Applicants are encouraged to provide recommendations from different sectors, professional and academic, to provide the committee will a well-rounded understanding of your experiences. Recommendations should not be from family members.

Testing Requirement

Applicants for the LLM program are not required to required to take an entrance exam.

International applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency via the TOEFL or IELTS Exam, in addition to a Skype interview.

Application Fee

A $50 application fee is required and payable via check or money order if applying to Pepperdine directly, or online through LSAC via credit card.

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, international students are required to submit their application with these additional requirements.