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JD/Certificate in Dispute Resolution Program

Students in Pepperdine's JD program can apply for the Certificate in Dispute Resolution and earn a JD and Certificate in the same three years. The Certificate program allows Pepperdine JD students to use their elective units to go towards the 12 unit Certificate requirement. Since these courses are counting towards JD elective units, tuition for these dispute resolution courses is absorbed into the JD flat-rate tuition.

All JD students must submit the Certificate Application for Current Pepperdine Students with the required materials to be considered for the program. Applications for the Certificate program are accepted during the Spring semester of the first year.

Students in another ABA-accredited law program can also get a Certificate in Dispute Resolution in conjunction with their law school program. These students will need to complete the traditional application for admission and gain admission to the program.

Certificate program courses can be taken as electives during the 2nd and 3rd year for Pepperdine JD Students. Students from other law schools can spend one summer at Pepperdine to complete 10 - 12 units of coursework, and transfer up to 4 units of approved coursework from their JD program. All transferable courses must be pre-approved by the Straus Institute, and comparable to courses required for the Certificate program.

Pepperdine JD Student Non-Pepperdine JD Program 
Pepperdine JD Electives 12 units    Transferable Courses 4 units
    Summer/Winter Intensive Program 10 units
  12 units   14 units