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Certificate in Dispute Resolution

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Complement Your Education with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution From the Top Program in the Nation!


Earn the Certificate in Dispute Resolution with your Pepperdine Degree

The Certificate in Dispute Resolution can be earned with the following Pepperdine degrees:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) 
  • Fully Employed MBA
  • Full Time MBA
  • Masters of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML)
  • Master of Arts in Clinic Psychology - Marriage and Famliy Therapy Program (MFT)
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (EDOL)

Applicants for a joint Pepperdine Certificate can complete the Certificate Application for Current Pepperdine students.

Learn the Skills to Manage Conflict

The Certificate in Dispute Resolution is also available as a stand alone program. The Certificate can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis with courses available in one week, two-weekend and the traditional fifteen week format.  The 14 unit program can be complete in one semester or up to three years.  To apply, Certificate applicants need to complete the Straus Institute Application for admission.

Complement your Non-Pepperdine JD with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution

Students in law programs across the nation choose to take summer or winter intensive courses in dispute resolution at Pepperdine.  These students can now work towards a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute while pursuing a JD at another institution.  In many instances these courses are transferable to their home program.  To apply, visiting JD students will need to complete the Straus Institute Application for admission. 

Why Get a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine?

Flexible Scheduling

Flexible Schedule at Straus Institute

With courses available in one-week, two-weekend and the traditional full-semester format, professionals in the field can pursue the program on a part-time or full-time basis at a pace that matches their busy schedule.

Award Winning Dispute Resolution Program

US News Ranking - Best Dispute Resolution Program

In addition to U.S. News & World Report, Pepperdine has been recognized by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, California Dispute Resolution Council, American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the International Academy of Mediators.

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Translate Theory into Practice

Mediation Class at Straus Institute

Gain practical experience learning to negotiate, mediate and arbitrate. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills mediating real cases through the clinical and externship programs.

Most Extensive Dispute Resolution Curriculum

Straus Institute Curriclum

Pepperdine offers the most comprehensive curriculum with over 50 different dispute resolution courses for the Certificate, Masters and LLM in Dispute Resolution programs.

World's Largest Conflict Resolution Library

AAA Library at Straus Institute, Pepperdine School of Law

Pepperdine is home to the American Arbitration Association Library and Information Center Collection. Founded in 1954 the AAA Library is the largest collection of conflict materials with over 24,000 titles.

Program Coursework

The Certificate in Dispute Resolution is a 14-unit program (12 units for Pepperdine JD students) offered to those who possess a bachelor's degree. It consists of the following requirements:

Required Courses

Required Courses - 6 Units

  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • One Arbitration Course:
    • Arbitration Law*, Arbitration Practice and Advocacy, International Commercial Arbitration Practice and Procedure, International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine or Arbitration Law in the Securities Industry**

* This course is only available to law students, law school graduates or LLM candidates.

** This course is only available to current JD students

Elective Courses

Elective Courses - 8 Units Required (6 units for Pepperdine JD/Cert Students)

  • Advanced Mediation Seminar
  • Advanced Trial Practice *
  • Appellate Advocacy *
  • Arbitration Law + *
  • Arbitration Law in the Securities Industry ** +
  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy +
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: London/Geneva
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: Hong Kong/Beijing
  • Dispute Resolution in Education
  • Dispute Resolution and Religion
  • Dispute Resolution Law Journal ** (up to 4 units)
  • Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
  • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking
  • Honors Appellate Advocacy **
  • Honors Negotiation Advocacy **
  • Honors Mediation Advocacy **
  • Honors Trial Practice **
  • International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice+
  • International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine +
  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • International Investment Disputes
  • International Litigation *
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning
  • Introduction to U.S. Law (non-JD only)
  • Investor Advocacy Clinic **
  • Lawyering Process *
  • Moot Court- International **
  • Moot Court- Interschool Competition **
  • Psychology of Conflict
  • Restorative Justice
  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:
    • Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
    • Dispute Resolution Systems Design
    • Dispute Resolution and Technology
    • Employment Disputes
    • Entertainment Industry Disputes
    • Ethical Practices in Dispute Resolution
    • Healthcare Dispute Resolution
    • Intellectual Property
    • Labor Disputes
    • Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
    • Mass Torts
    • Ombuds
  • Special Education Advocacy Clinic *
  • Trial Practice *
  • Trial Preparation and Settlement *
  • Trial Practice Competition **
  • or a Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval (non-law students only)

+ If this course was not taken to fulfill the arbitration requirement, it can be taken as an elective.

* This course is only available to law students, law school graduates or LLM candidates.

** This course is only available to current JD students.

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