LLM in United States Law
The LLM in United States Law is designed for international legal professionals looking to study U.S. law under internationally recognized scholars. In particular, Pepperdine University School of Law offers an unparalleled student experience. Situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Malibu on the edge of vibrant Los Angeles, California, the spectacular location is surpassed only by the law school's student-centered teaching philosophy. The School of Law is well-known for the warmth and accessibility of its faculty and staff, and for its family atmosphere at the diverse, student body level. The LLM in U.S. Law offers a Fundamentals Track for students interested in sitting for a U.S. bar exam and a Flexible Track for those interested in maximizing the flexibility to design their own program.
Peter Wendel is Faculty Director of the LLM in U.S. Law and Director of the Pepperdine-Augsburg exchange program at Pepperdine. Professor Wendel is recognized as a leader in the field of legal methodology. He has spoken on legal methodology at over 50 law schools internationally, and at over a dozen academic retreats and conferences. Recognized by students and the university for teaching excellence, Professor Wendel has received Pepperdine's university-wide award for teaching excellence three times; the Pepperdine Student Bar Association teaching award twice; and the Santa Clara Law School Student Bar Association teaching award twice. Professor Wendel has served as visiting faculty to a number of international law schools including University of Augsburg in Germany, University of Lyon in France and City University of London in England. Additional information
The Pepperdine Advantage
Study in Spectacular Southern California
Enjoy the excitement of a fast-paced city along with the peaceful environment of Malibu. Located just 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles - a thriving hub for legal practice and international culture - our 830-acre campus offers breathtaking views and a 40,000 square-foot library facility.
Qualify for a U.S. Bar Exam
Students who choose the LLM in U.S. Law's "Fundamentals Track" choose courses that prepare them to sit for the bar exam in California, New York, or another state. Historically Pepperdine has an exemplary record of preparing its JD students for the state bar exam. In 2016, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners recognized one of our graduates, Emily T. White, for earning (a) the highest essay score on the Maine Bar Exam, and (b) the highest overall score on the Maine Bar Exam. Over the past three years, Pepperdine JD students averaged a 76% pass-rate on the California Bar Exam, one of the toughest bar exams in the country.
Learn from Faculty Experts
Our professors are legal experts, international authors, and award-winning mentors. Prof. Ed Larson has received a Pulitzer Prize for his writings in legal history and has lectured on all seven continents; Prof. Jack Coe is an associate reporter for the Restatement on the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, and he has chaired (1) the Disputes Division of the ABA International Law Section and (2) the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration; and Prof. Paul Caron was named the third most influential person in legal education by The National Jurist in 2015, and one of the 100 most influential people in tax and accounting every year since 2006 by Accounting Today. Thanks to our low student-faculty ratio, our students get to know their professors and get hands-on guidance from nationally recognized scholars and educators.
Design Your Own Program
Students who choose the LLM in U.S. Law's "Flexible Track" get a greater say in the courses in their LL.M. program to individualize the experience to their professional interests and goals. After taking a set of core courses to introduce students to the key areas of U.S. law, students can choose from over 155 courses to complete their LL.M. program. The Program's Director will help advise and mentor students through the process of designing their individual LL.M. program.
Experience a Supportive Learning Environment
Please see course catalog for complete list of doctrinal law courses.