Clinics and Practicums
Students pursuing a dispute resolution education at Pepperdine have several opportunities to gain experience through the following clinical and practicum programs:
This course offers students the opportunity to mediate small claims, limited jurisdiction and Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) cases throughout Los Angeles County. This is a required courses for the MDR and some LLM concentrations.
This clinic is available to students by invitation only and provides representation for under-served clients with securities disputes. Students need to be willing to commit up to 16 months to see their cases to culmination.
The Fair Employment Mediation Clinic students work directly with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) senior attorney-mediators preparing cases for mediation. Students gain experience settling employment discrimination complaints under departmental supervision. In 2013 the State Bar of California awarded DHEF and Pepperdine with the Education Pipeline Award, recognizing outstanding efforts of law-related educational programs.
In the Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Practicum students work with teens on probation at L.A. Country Sheriff's facility at Camp Gonzalez and adults I the L.A. County Jail to teach peacemaking and dispute resolution skills to reduce recidivism and promote better outcomes in the criminal justice system.