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Summer Courses in Dispute Resolution

Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu

The 2016 Summer Program offers students an unparalleled opportunity to obtain the finest dispute resolution educational experience in substantive theories, exposure to the field's literature, extensive practical skills development, and stimulating dialogue with students and faculty drawn from around the world.

Program Format and Schedule Options

At the Straus Institute, we offer summer course blocks in dispute resolution as one-week intensives or in a two-weekend format.

One-Week Intensive

May 23 - 27, 2016

  • Mediation Theory and Practice*
  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations

These courses will meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. No class on Wednesday, May 25th 

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Two-Weekend Format

June 2 - 4 and 9 - 11, 2016

  • Negotiation Theory and Practice*
  • Psychology of Conflict Communication

These courses will meet Thursday and Friday  from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm, and Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

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Two-Weekend Format

June 16 - 18 and 23 - 25, 2016

  • Mediation Theory and Practice*
  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Online Dispute Resolution

These courses will meet Thursday and Friday from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm, and Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

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One-Week Intensive

June 27 - 30, 2016

  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution*
  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Ombuds

These courses will meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.

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Two-Weekend Format

July 7 - 9 and 14 - 16, 2016

  • International Commercial Arbitration*/**
  • Advanced Mediation *

These courses will meet Thursday and Friday from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm, and Saturday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

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Two-Weekend Format

July 21 - 23 and 28 - 30, 2016

  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy*
  • Restorative Justice*

These courses will meet Thursday and Friday from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm, and Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

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Extended Format

May 25 - July 27, 2016 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Mediation Clinic

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Program Benefits

Nowhere else in America can law students and professionals find the "Pepperdine Experience" in dispute resolution:

  • A faculty of academics and practitioners drawn from around the world
  • The most extensive dispute resolution curriculum in legal education
  • Convenient one-week and two-weekend formats
  • Class locations in Malibu, and London/Geneva
  • More than 300 law students and professional colleagues with whom to study
  • Each class offered is worth 2 units of credit and all are part of Pepperdine's JD curriculum
  • Current law or graduate students can use summer courses towards their JD or graduate degree while earning a Certificate or Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR).
  • Professionals in various the fields can use intensive courses to count towards a Certificate, Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) or LLM in Dispute Resolution, or audit a course for additional training.
  • What many believe is the nation's foremost dispute resolution education organization-the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law
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