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Straus Institute Presents Winter Intensive Program

Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution presented the 17th annual Winter Intensive Dispute Resolution Program from Jan. 3 to 7 at the School of Law in Malibu, California. The 110 participants in the program included visiting students representing 24 law schools from across the nation, and Pepperdine students enrolled in the juris doctor, Master of Laws, or Master of Dispute Resolution degree programs.

The program is open to law and dispute resolution students as well as others interested in conflict management. Condensed into a five-day format designed to meet the needs of visiting students and mid-career professionals, participants earn two credits that are transferable to other law and graduate schools or 35 minimum Continuing Legal Education Credits from the State Bar of California.

The program, which features nationally recognized faculty, offers courses such as Negotiation Theory and Practice, Psychology of Conflict, Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution, Communication and Conflict, and Divorce and Family Mediation.

Renate Dendorfer, an LLM student from Germany, chose the Straus Institute because of its global reputation. The Winter Intensive worked well with her schedule since she travels back and forth from Germany. "Participating in the Straus program gives me the possibility to gain additional information, but also to compare the U.S. approaches with the European ways of arbitration and mediation," she said. 

Pepperdine’s Straus Institute is one of the world's leading educational programs in the field of dispute resolution. Its full-time teaching and research faculty brings scholars and practitioners from throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

The Straus Institute has been ranked the number one dispute resolution program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for the past six years. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, the International Academy of Mediators, the Southern California Mediation Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association have also recognized Straus for excellence in dispute resolution educational programs for practicing professionals.

Learn more about the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution