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The Pepperdine-Heidelberg Collaborative 


Students now have the ability to study at Heidelberg University and earn an LLM from Pepperdine University School of Law with one semester of residence.

Students need to have completed their first degree in law and be admitted to both schools before matriculating at either university.  Students can transfer up to 8 units of pre-approved coursework from Heidelberg to Pepperdine.

The Collaborative LLM with the Heidelberg Law School will require a total of 28 units of coursework.  Students can focus their courses in international commercial arbitration or declare a concentration in Mediation, Arbitration or Litigation.

Students will need to complete the following coursework:

Courses in Malibu16 Units
Negotiation Theory and Practice 2 units
Mediation Theory and Practice 2 units
Psychology of Conflict 2 units
Mediation Clinic 2 units
Arbitration Course (one of three options)                           2 units
Communication and Conflict 2 units
2 Elective Courses 2 units each (4 units total)


Pepperdine recognizes up to eight "credit points" of the following coursework:

Approved Heidelberg Courses8 Units
Transnational Commercial Law
Public International Law
International Choice of Laws
International Law and Procedure (Colloquium)
International Dispute Resolution
European Commercial Law
Comparative Law (General Course)
Comparative Law (workshop)
Cross Border Mergers, Acquisitions and Mobility of Companies
Negotiation Workshop
Seminars on different subjects in the area of international dispute resolution 


 The following courses are supervised from Malibu, but can be completed in locations across the globe:

Independent Coursework4 Units
Independent Study Project                                     2 units                 
Externship 2 units


Students need to apply for admission to both Heidelberg Law School and Pepperdine University School of Law.  Courses offered in Heidelberg will be in German and non-German residents will be required to demonstrate German proficiency.

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For additional information, please email Sarah Gonzales at